The COVID-19 pandemic remains to be increasing, however the rise in instances and deaths has slowed globally, apart from southeast Asia and the jap Mediterranean areas, the World Well being Group (WHO) mentioned.
In its newest epidemiological replace, issued on Monday evening, it mentioned that the Americas stays the hardest-hit area, accounting for half of newly reported instances and 62% of the 39,240 deaths worldwide previously week.
Greater than 23.65 million individuals have been reported to be contaminated by the coronavirus globally and 811,895 have died, based on a Reuters tally on Tuesday.
“Over 1.7 million new COVID-19 instances and 39,000 new deaths have been reported to WHO for the week ending 23 August, a 4% lower within the variety of instances and (a 12% lower) within the variety of deaths in comparison with the earlier week,” the WHO mentioned.
Southeast Asia, the second most affected area, reported a soar accounting for 28% of latest instances and 15% of deaths, it mentioned. India continues to report nearly all of instances, however the virus can also be spreading quickly in Nepal.
In WHO’s jap Mediterranean area, the variety of reported instances rose by 4%, however the variety of reported deaths has persistently dropped over the past six weeks, the WHO mentioned. Lebanon, Tunisia and Jordan reported the very best enhance in instances in comparison with the earlier week.
The variety of instances and deaths reported throughout Africa decreased by 8% and 11% respectively previously week, “primarily as a result of a lower in instances reported in Algeria, Kenya, Ghana, Senegal and South Africa”, it mentioned.
“Within the European area, the variety of instances reported has persistently elevated over the past three weeks,” it mentioned. “Nonetheless, solely a slight lower (1%) was reported in the newest week, and the variety of deaths have continued to lower throughout the area.”
In WHO’s western Pacific area, the variety of new instances dropped by 5%, pushed by much less unfold in Japan, Australia, Singapore, China and Vietnam. South Korea reported an 180% soar in instances, “primarily as a result of a rise in instances related to spiritual gatherings”.
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