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India accounts for 93% corona deaths in SE Asia region in a week: WHO

Geneva, May 12 (MNN) The World Health Organisation said on Wednesday that India continues to account for 95 per cent of the new coronavirus cases and 93 per cent of the deaths in the South-East Asia Region, as well as 50 per cent of global cases and 30 per cent of global deaths.

It said worrying trends have been observed in neighbouring countries as well.

The World Health Organisation pointed out that the number of new COVID-19 cases and deaths globally had ‘decreased slightly’ this week, with over 5.5 million cases and over 90 000 deaths.

The world health body in its weekly Epidemiological Update — based on data received by it from national authorities as of 10 am on May 9 — said that case and death incidence, however, remains at the highest level since the beginning of the pandemic.

New weekly cases decreased in the regions of Europe and Eastern Mediterranean, while the South-East Asia Region continued an upward trajectory for nine weeks and reported a further six per cent increase last week.

Death incidence increased in the South-East Asia and Western Pacific regions.

In all WHO Regions there are countries which have been showing a sustained upward trend in cases and deaths over several weeks.

The highest numbers of new cases were reported from India (27,38,957 new cases; 5 per cent increase), Brazil (4,23,438 new cases; similar to previous week), the US (3,34,784 new cases; 3 per cent decrease), Turkey (1,66,733 new cases; 35 per cent decrease), and Argentina (1,40,771 new cases; 8 per cent decrease).

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