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Global decrease, but 2.5M new corona cases and over 64K deaths in week: WHO

WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo: WHO/Christopher Black

Geneva, June 23 (MNN) The WHO said on Wednesday that global numbers of new coronavirus cases and deaths continued to decrease over the past week (June 14-20), with over 2.5 million new weekly cases and over 64,000 deaths.

These figures denote 6 per cent and 12 per cent decrease respectively, compared to the previous week, the World Health Organisation said in its weekly epidemiological update based on data up to June 20.

Globally, variant Alpha has been reported in 170 countries, territories or areas (seven new countries in the past week), Beta in 119 countries (four new countries), Gamma in 71 countries (three new countries) and Delta in 85 countries (six new countries).

While the number of corona cases reported globally now exceeds 177 million, last week saw the lowest weekly case incidence since February 2021.

The highest numbers of new cases were reported from Brazil (5,05,344 new cases; 11 per cent increase), India (4,41,976 new cases; 30 per cent decrease), Colombia (1,93,907 new cases; 10 per cent increase), Argentina (1,49,673 new cases; 16 per cent decrease), and the Russian Federation (1,08,139 new cases; 31 per cent increase).

This week, the Americas and Western Pacific Regions reported numbers of new weekly cases similar to the previous week, while the South-East Asia and the European Regions reported a decline in the number of new cases.

The African Region recorded a marked increase in the number of weekly cases as compared to the previous week.

Globally, mortality remains high with more than 9,000 deaths reported each day over the past week. However, the number of new deaths reported in the past week decreased across all regions except for the Eastern Mediterranean and the African Regions.

Region-wise, Americas topped with 11,43,672 new cases in the last seven days, which are 45 per cent of the total 25,20,684 cases reported across the globe.

The cumulative cases were 7,06,63,034 in the WHO region, which accounts for 40 per cent of the total 17,78,66,160 cases.

In all, 30,748 more deaths in a week were 48 per cent of the total 64,075 fatalities in the said week.

The region’s cumulative deaths (18,57,523) are 48 per cent of the total 38,57,974 fatalities.

South-East Asia was another major contributor, reporting 6,00,677 new cases in the week, which are 24 per cent of the total 25,20,684 cases reported worldwide.
A total of 19,452 deaths in a week were 30 per cent of the total 64,075 fatalities. The region has reported 4,71,290 deaths till now, which are 12 per cent of the total 38,57,974 fatalities across the world.

Europe and Eastern Mediterranean reported 13 and 8 per cent of the total cases reported in a week, with Africa and Western Pacific accounting for 5.23 and 4.91 per cent cases respectively.

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