The number of Covid-19 cases worldwide remains, for the second consecutive week, at the highest level since the start of the pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Wednesday.
India accounted for nearly half of the coronavirus cases reported worldwide last week and one in four deaths, the World Health Organization said.
The country was also responsible for nine in 10 cases and deaths of the coronavirus in the WHO’s Southeast Asia region over the past week, according to the Geneva-based agency’s weekly report.
Apart from the worrying situation in Southeast Asia, a slight increase in deaths has also been reported in the Americas and in the Eastern Mediterranean region. At the same time, the number of deaths has declined in Europe, Africa and the Western Pacific region.
“The incidence of cases in the regions of Europe, Eastern Mediterranean, Africa and the Americas declined, while rates in the Western Pacific were comparable to the previous week”, detailed the WHO.
For the African continent, the WHO reports 42,000 new cases and 1,000 new deaths, a decrease of 15% and 13% respectively compared to the previous week. Overall, cases and deaths have tended to decrease since the peak reached in mid-January 2021.
“However, countries in the region continue to report sustained transmission and increases in some areas”, underlined the UN agency.
Across the Atlantic, the Americas have recorded more than 1.3 million new cases and more than 36,000 new deaths.
Europe has reported more than 1.1 million new cases and more than 22,000 new deaths, a sharp decrease of 22% and 12% respectively from the previous week. In that region, cases fell for the fourth week in a row, and deaths also fell for the third week in a row.