Statistics issued by the World Health Organization revealed that the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic is accelerating in the world, as a record number of announced infections were recorded during seven days last week, amounting to about two million, although the number of deaths decreased.
And the World Health Organization announced, in updated data published late Monday, that one million and 998 thousand and 897 new cases of the corona were recorded around the world in the week that ended on September 20.
The international body stated that this represents an increase of 6% from the previous week and “the highest number of injuries recorded within one week since the beginning of the epidemic.”
Since it first appeared in China late last year, the virus has infected more than 31 million people around the world and has killed about 962,000, according to a toll prepared by AFP based on official sources on Monday.
The World Health Organization reported that almost all regions of the world witnessed a rise in the number of injuries last week, while the number of injuries in Europe and the Americas increased by 11 and 10 percent, respectively.
Africa, which remained relatively least affected by the epidemic, was the only exception, as it recorded a 12 percent decrease in the number of new infections compared to the previous week.
The organization’s statistics showed that the number of new deaths is decreasing despite the high number of injuries in most parts of the world. And last week, about 37,000 new deaths related to the virus were recorded around the world, equivalent to a 10 percent decrease compared to the previous week.
The Americas were at the forefront of the regions where deaths decreased, registering a 22 percent decrease from the previous week, while new deaths in Africa also decreased by 16 percent.
The Americas remains the region where half of the total number of reported infections and 55% of deaths worldwide are recorded. The decline in the number of deaths in the region is due, in particular, to the decrease in deaths in Colombia, Mexico, Ecuador, and Bolivia.
The United States, the country most affected by the epidemic in the world along with Brazil, continued to record the highest number of deaths, as the two countries reported more than 5,000 new deaths during the past week.
In Europe, in which some regions are recording a second wave of infections, the number of new deaths increased during seven days of four thousand cases, an increase of 27% compared to the previous week.
France, Russia, Spain, and Britain recorded the largest number of new infections in Europe. Britain is still registering the largest cumulative number of deaths (about 42,000) on the continent since the start of the epidemic.