The coronavirus-related pandemic slowed slightly last week around the world, with a drop in new infections, but at the same time, new deaths continue to rise, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.
“The global acceleration in the incidence of cases slowed down last week, with about 4 million new cases reported,” said the UN World Health Agency in its latest epidemiological bulletin. However, the WHO reports an increase in death rates, with more than 67,000 new deaths reported.
In total, there are more than 58.9 million cases and 1.39 million deaths worldwide since the start of the pandemic, according to the report established by the WHO.
Europe and Southeast Asia reflect this trend, these two regions continued to record a downward trend in the number of weekly cases.
However, the European region remains the main contributor to new cases and new deaths in the past 7 days, notes the WHO.
According to data released Tuesday evening, the five countries with the highest number of cases were the United States of America, with more than 1.1 million cases, a 14% increase from the previous week.
Follow India (more than 280,000 cases, a decrease of 8%), Italy (more than 230,000 new cases, a decrease of 3%), Brazil (more than 200,000 new cases, an increase of 17 %) and France (more than 170,000 new cases, a decrease of 16%). Europe accounts for 44% of new cases and half of new deaths worldwide, the organization says.