AA / Peter Kum
More than 4.4 million cases of coronavirus have been reported worldwide in the past week, with more than 67,000 deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.
The world has recorded at least “4.4 million new cases reported this week (23-29 August)”, noted the WHO in its latest epidemiological bulletin, adding that “the number of new cases reported worldwide this week remains similar to that of the previous week after increasing for almost two months ”.
According to the UN World Health Agency, all regions have thus recorded a decrease (Africa and the Americas) or a similar trend (Europe, South-East Asia and regions of the Eastern Mediterranean) in the number of new cases.
The only exception noted by the WHO, the Western Pacific region, which reported an increase of 7% compared to the previous week.
The breakdown of data by region shows that over the past two months, the Western Pacific has seen an increasing trend in the number of cases and weekly deaths.
Over the past week, the region has reported over 553,000 new cases and over 6,800 new deaths, up 7% and 16% respectively from the previous week.
According to the WHO, this increase is due to substantial increases in the incidence of cases in French Polynesia (86%), Japan (53%) and Vietnam (36%).
For its part, the African continent has recorded more than 147,000 new cases, a decrease of 7% compared to the previous week.
“The region continues its downward trend,” noted the WHO.
And in the past week, two countries, South Africa and Ethiopia, were responsible for more than half (59%) of all new cases reported in the region.
In Europe, more than 1.1 million new cases and more than 12,000 new deaths were reported in the continent this week, a number similar to the previous week.
Although the number of new weekly cases appears to be stabilizing, the number of new death cases, while showing signs of slowing, has continued to increase in many countries in the region, and should continue to be closely monitored according to WHO.
Although it recorded the largest proportional decrease (9%) in the number of cases this week, the Americas reported more than 1.4 million new cases, the highest number of reported cases in the world.
The Covid-19 pandemic has killed at least 4,518,163 million people worldwide since the end of December 2019, according to a report established at midday on Wednesday by the WHO.
The United States has been the most affected country in the world since the start of the pandemic, with 640,108 dead, ahead of Brazil (580,413), India (439,020), Mexico (259,326) and Peru ( 198,295).
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