COVID-19 deaths down 9pc worldwide in past week, says WHO
Published : Friday, 20 January, 2023 at 12:03 PM Count : 541
More than 2.7 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus infection worldwide between January 9 and 15, with almost 13,000 deaths registered in the reported period, the World Health Organization said in its weekly bulletin on Friday.
Cases declined by 9 per cent, and fatalities grew by less than 1% in the reported period, the global organization said.
According to the organization's COVID-19 Weekly Epidemiological Update, a total of 2,754,445 COVID-19 cases and 12,923 related deaths were reported to the organization between January 9 and 15.
The biggest number of new cases registered over the past week was reported by Japan (1,025,321), followed by the United States (415,864), South Korea (286,291), Australia (191,750) and China (190,451). United States accounts for the majority of COVID-related deaths registered in the reported period (3,922), followed by Japan (2,849), China (802), Australia (742) and France.
A noticeable growth in cases compared to the previous seven-day period of January 2-8 was reported by Eastern Mediterranean (up 6%). However, cases declined in Africa (down 40%), Europe (down 35%), Southeast Asia (down 17%) and America (down 12%).
The number of new weekly deaths decreased in Europe (down 40%) and Southeast Asia (down 13%), but grew in Western Pacfic (up 43%), America (up 10%) and Eastern Mediterranean (up 9%).