For the third week in a row, the South-East Asia Region reported a decline in new cases and deaths, though India and Myanmar reported highest number of new deaths per million population
WHO’s weekly epidemiological update dated October 12, with over 2.2 million new cases and 39,000 deaths of COVID-19 across all six WHO regions marks the highest number of reported cases so far in a single week.
By WHO region, the European Region reported the greatest increase (34 per cent) in cases in the past week while the African Region reported a substantial rise in deaths, with a 27 per cent increase compared to the previous week.
For the third week in a row, the South-East Asia Region reported a decline in new cases and deaths, six per cent and eight per cent respectively, compared to the previous week. The decline is mainly due to decreases in reported cases in India and Bangladesh.
As per data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India reported 55,342 new cases in the last 24 hours (October 12). While the global figure for cases/million is 4,794, India is reportedly clocking 5,199, with the UK, Russia, South Africa, USA and Brazil reporting higher numbers.
The WHO report however specifies that the South-East Asia Region remains among the most active, accounting for 25 per cent of cases and 20 per cent of deaths newly reported globally in the past seven days. The countries reporting the highest number of new deaths per million population are India and Myanmar, with 5 and 4 new deaths per million population respectively.
Countries reporting the highest number of cases in the past seven days include; India, the US, Brazil, the UK and France.