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Europe sees first dip in Covid-19 instances in months, however deaths up: WHO

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GENEVA: The variety of new Covid-19 instances declined final week for the primary time in over three months, however deaths within the area continued to climb, WHO knowledge confirmed Wednesday.

In whole, almost 4 million instances of the novel coronavirus have been registered worldwide in the course of the week ending Sunday, and nearly 60,000 individuals died from the illness throughout the identical interval, the World Health Organization mentioned.

Europe, which on Tuesday noticed its whole variety of coronavirus infections climb previous 15 million, remained the hardest-hit area.

Last week it accounted for 46 p.c of the brand new international instances and 49 p.c of the deaths, the UN well being company’s weekly epidemiological replace confirmed.

With 1.84 million new instances registered, the caseload throughout the area remained staggeringly excessive, however WHO famous that “in the past week, for the first time in over three months, the region observed a decline of 10 percent in weekly cases.”

At the identical time although, greater than 29,000 new Covid-19 deaths have been registered throughout Europe — an 18 p.c leap from the earlier week, it mentioned.

The WHO knowledge confirmed that Austria reported the sharpest improve in new instances on the continent final week, marking a 30 p.c hike from the earlier week.

The Americas, which is the second worst-hit area, in the meantime continued to point out surging numbers of instances and a hike in deaths from the novel coronavirus.

Case numbers throughout the area grew by over 40 p.c, with greater than 1.45 million new instances registered, and deaths have been up by 11 p.c, with over 19,100 new fatalities in the course of the seven-day interval.

More than a million of the brand new instances have been seen within the United States, which has counted almost 11 million instances because the starting of the pandemic.

The solely area that noticed a decline within the variety of new instances and deaths final week was Southeast Asia, WHO mentioned.

Worldwide, greater than 1.three million individuals have died of Covid-19 and over 55 million have been contaminated with the virus because it first surfaced in China late final yr, in keeping with a tally from official sources compiled by AFP.


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