Geneva, June 16 (MNN) The World Health Organisation said on Wednesday that coronavirus cases and deaths across the world continued to decrease over the June 7-13 week, as over 26 lakh new cases and over 72,000 deaths were reported. A new variant of interest (VOI) of the coronavirus too has been designated.
India reported the highest 6,30,650 new cases in the week, which is 31 per cent decrease over the earlier week.
As per the data collated till June 13 in the WHO’s weekly epidemiological update, the cases and deaths over the week denotes a 12 per cent and 2 per cent decrease respectively, compared with the previous week.
While the number of cases reported globally now exceeds 17.5 crore (175 million), last week saw the lowest weekly case incidence since February 2021.
Declines in the number of new weekly cases were reported across all regions, except for the African region.
The highest numbers of new cases were reported from India (6,30,650 new cases; 31 per cent decrease), Brazil (4,54,710 new cases; similar to the previous week), Argentina (177 693 new cases; 17 per cent decrease), Colombia (1,76,661 new cases; similar to the previous week) and the US (1,05,019 new cases; 6 per cent increase).
The South-East Asia, European and Western Pacific regions reported marked declines in the number of new cases in the past week, whereas the region of the Americas and the Eastern Mediterranean region reported similar numbers as compared with the previous week.
While the number of new deaths reported in the past week decreased across all regions except for the African and the South-East Asia regions, globally mortality remains high with more than 10,000 deaths reported each day.
While the epidemics in some of the most affected countries have started to show signs of slowing down, and the global weekly mortality rate continues to decline for a sixth consecutive week, many countries across all WHO regions continue to struggle with access to vaccines, the spread of emerging SARS- CoV-2 variants, and overburdened healthcare systems.
South-East Asia reported 7,63,305 new cases in the week, which is 29 per cent of the total 26,55,782 cases.
The cumulative cases in the region are 3,34,32,290, which are 19 per cent of the 17,53,33,154 cases.
In all, 26,324 new deaths were reported in the week, which are 36 per cent of the total 72,528 deaths globally.
The total death toll so far in the region is 4,51,838, which are 12 per cent of the total 37,93,230 global death toll.
In WHO’s America region, 11,48,857 new case were reported, which account for 43 per cent of the total cases globally. In all, 6,95,19,254 cases have been reported in the region, which are 40 per cent of the total tally. Deaths reported in a week totalled 31,31,902, which are 44 per cent of the 72,528 deaths reported in the week. The region’s cumulative deaths are 18,26,772, which are 48 per cent of the 37,93,230 fatalities reported so far across the world.
Europe region reported 13 per cent of the total new cases in a week, Eastern Mediterranean 7 per cent, Western Pacific 5 per cent, and Africa 4 per cent.