WHO: Africa is currently in the grip of a third wave of COVID

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Covid-19 infections have continued to rise globally for four weeks, with more than four million cases reported in the past week.

In its latest update, the World Health Organization attributed a “substantial” increase in the number of cases, with 33% in the western Pacific and 37% in the eastern Mediterranean, where the number of deaths due to the coronavirus also increased. 48% and 31% respectively.
The number of deaths in four other WHO regions, namely Africa, Americas, Europe and Southeast Asia, remained stable over the past weeks, with the exception of the US, where the number of deaths declined by 29%.

According to the WHO’s weekly epidemiological bulletin on Covid-19, Africa and Europe have seen a two per cent reduction in deaths from covid-19, while Southeast Asia has seen a three per cent increase.

Globally, the total number of reported cases is approximately 197 million, with 4.2 million deaths worldwide.

By country, the United States topped the number of new infections in the past week, with 543,420 new cases, a 9% jump, followed by India, which reported 283,923 new cases, a 7% increase.

Indonesia reported 273,891 new cases, followed by Brazil (247,830) and Iran (206,722).

While infections with the alpha variant have been reported in 182 countries, the delta variant has been confirmed in three new countries, infecting a total of 135 countries.

By region, the WHO reported that Africa – which is currently hit by a third wave of the coronavirus – had reported the same number of cases and weekly deaths as the previous seven-day period, with more than 182,000 new cases and more than 4,800 There were new cases. Deaths.

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Nonetheless, the UN agency clarified that the overall regional decrease in confirmed weekly infections and deaths on the continent since mid-July is still due to declining numbers in South Africa, which saw 13,268 new cases in Mozambique during the past seven days. accepted. Duration.

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