This reduction occurred across all of the six regions monitored by the WHO, but is most pronounced in the Western Pacific, where reported cases declined by 28 per cent week-on-week.
Although early studies suggest Omicron causes less severe illness, experts have warned the sheer volume of cases fuelled by the strain could still overwhelm health systems.
South Korea's vaccination rate is 85.
Countries without Covid-19 - Kiribati; Marshall Islands; Micronesia; Nauru; Palau; Samoa; Solomon Islands; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu.
But to put the maximum chances on our side, we must continue to immunize the planet urgently, especially in countries where access to doses is more complicated.
The locked-down city in China recently extended its restrictions, despite initial signs that infections may be declining.