Weekly cases of COVID drop 14% in the world but increase in America

Geneva, (EFE) .- Global cases of COVID-19 fell 14% last week compared to the previous one, although in America, Africa, the Middle East and East Asia the numbers continue to slightly increase or stable, according to the report epidemiological published today by the World Health Organization (WHO).

From May 17 to 23, the WHO counted 4.1 million new infections of COVID-19, while those who died from the disease that week were 84,000, a slight decrease of 2% compared to the previous week. Despite the global decline in cases and deaths, “the incidence remains high, and many countries continue to register significant increases,” including several Latin American nations, warns the WHO in its weekly report.

South Asia was again last week the region that reported the most cases (two million), although the wave in countries such as India or Nepal seems to have already reached its peak, and infections there fell by 21%, almost as much as in Europe, with 520,000 new positives and a decrease of 21% compared to the previous week.

The Americas registered 1.2 million cases, an increase of 2%, while in Africa the increase was 4%, in the Middle East the decrease was only 2% and in East Asia it was 1%. In view of the mortality statistics, the figures for East Asia are worrying, where the deaths registered last week rose 22%, to exceed 2,100 (still far from regions such as South Asia and America, where they continue to exceed the 30,000 weekly deaths).

By countries, India continues to be the one that reports the most weekly cases, with 1.8 million last week, although its numbers fell 23% compared to the previous seven days. The two countries that follow in weekly cases are Latin American- Brazil (451,000 cases, 3%) and Argentina (213,000, 41% more), which already suffers more weekly infections than the United States (188,000, a decrease of 20%) .

The fifth most affected country currently is Colombia, with 107,000 cases reported last week, an increase of 7%. In the global vaccination campaign, 1,700 million doses have already been administered on the planet, with China being the country that has inoculated the most (520 million), followed by the US (280 million), India (190 million) and the United Kingdom (60 million). ). In the European Union, more than 220 million doses have been administered, according to data provided by national health networks. EFE


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