The global cases of COVID-19 increased by 4% last week after almost two months of declines, mainly due to new waves of infections in European countries such as the United Kingdom, Russia, Turkey or Ukraine, the World Health Organization reported today (WHO).
The world did not register an increase in the number of coronavirus cases since the week between August 23 and 29. But the WHO reported today 2.9 million infections between October 18 and 24, of which more than half, 1.6 million, were registered in Europe, where the increase in positives compared to the previous week was 18%.
The situation contrasts with the rest of the regions, where cases continue to decline: 21% in Africa, 17% in East Asia, 9% in America and 9% in South and Southeast Asia.
In parallel, deaths last week increased by 5% and rose to 49 thousand, with Europe being the region that registered the most deaths (21 thousand, 14% more).
In this indicator, South Asia also registered a weekly increase of 13%, although its absolute figures were much lower (3,300 deaths), while in America the number of deaths was almost the same as the previous week (18,000) and in the rest of the regions there were decreases of more than 10% in deaths.
The United States continues to be the country that reports the most cases, with 512 thousand last week, although its figures continue to decline (12% less than in the previous seven days).
On the other hand, the other four countries with more cases last week, all European, have sharply rising contagion curves: United Kingdom, with 330 thousand cases (16% more), Russia (248 thousand, 15% more), Turkey (196 thousand, 8% more) and Ukraine (134 thousand, 43% more).
In the accumulated since the beginning of the pandemic, total infections amount to 243 million, while deaths exceed 4.9 million.
In terms of vaccinations, the world is already approaching 7 billion doses of anticovid vaccines administered.
At least 49% of the world’s population has received at least one dose, although in the case of low-income countries that percentage barely reaches 3.1%.