With the exception of the African continent, the number of new infections with the new coronavirus continued to decline around the world over the past week, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Wednesday.
WHO reports more than 3 million new cases of coronavirus and more than 73,000 deaths recorded worldwide last week.
“The global incidence of cases and deaths continued to decline with 3,718,944 new weekly cases and 73,807 new deaths, down 15% and 8% respectively, from the previous week,” said the UN World Health Agency in its latest weekly epidemiological bulletin.
While the incidence of Covid-19 cases has fallen in five of the six WHO health regions, Africa has reported an increase in new cases.
There were exactly 65,943 new infections in the WHO African region last week, bringing the total to 3,563,825 cases. This is a 25% increase from the previous week. The region reported an increase in the weekly incidence of cases of more than 20% for a second consecutive week.
At the same time, the incidence of deaths increased for a third consecutive week, albeit at a lower rate. More than 1,167 new deaths have been recorded on the African continent. This is a similar number to the previous week, an increase of 2% (compared to a global drop of 8%).
More generally, the incidence of cases has declined in five of the six WHO regions. Southeast Asia (-31%) and Europe (-17%) reported the most noticeable declines in the number of new cases over the past week. The Americas Region as well as the Eastern Mediterranean and Western Pacific Region reported similar figures to the previous week.