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Covid cases worldwide down 4%, deaths down 2% in past week: WHO

20 Oct 2021 10:56:21 | Update: 20 Oct 2021 11:06:59
Covid cases worldwide down 4%, deaths down 2% in past week: WHO
A health worker inoculates a beneficiary with the dose of Covishield vaccine against the Covid-19 during a door-to-door vaccination campaign at a residential area in Chennai on October 19, 2021. — AFP Photo

More than 2.7 million people contracted Covid-19 between October 11 and 17, over 46,000 people died, the World Health Organization said in its weekly bulletin.

"With the exception of the European region, which for the third consecutive week reported an increase in new Covid-19 cases (7 per cent increase as compared with the previous week), all the other regions reported a decline," the WHO Weekly Epidemiological Update says.

The largest decrease in new weekly cases was reported from the African Region (18 per cent), followed by the Western Pacific Region (17 per cent).

The largest decline in new weekly deaths was reported from the African region, showing a 24 per cent decrease as compared to the previous week, and in Southeast Asia (down 19 per cent).

Mortality increase was registered only in Europe (up 4 per cent) and Western Pacific (up 1 per cent).

In accordance with the bulletin's figures, a total of 27,63,957 new Covid-19 cases and 46,140 Covid-related deaths were registered worldwide on October 11-17, down 4 per cent and 2 per cent respectively since the previous seven-day period (October 4-10).

The biggest numbers of new cases were reported to the WHO by the United States (5,82,707), the United Kingdom (2,83,756), Russia (2,17,322), Turkey (2,13,981), and India (1,14,244).

The cumulative number of confirmed cases reported globally is now 24,09,40,937, and the cumulative number of deaths is 49,03,911. In the past 24 hours, the global organisation was informed about 3,25,875 cases and 5,201 deaths.