COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to decline, globally

With 3.1 million fresh cases and just more than 54,000 new death reported over the last week, the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths worldwide has been continuously declining, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). 

This week represents a nine per cent decrease in cases compared to last week, while the fatalities remained similar, WHO said in its weekly update. This continues the trend that has been observed since August, this year.

From 27 September to 3 October, all the regions registered a decrease in the number of fresh COVID-19 cases, apart from Europe which remained similar to the last week.

The tremendous decline in fresh weekly cases was reported in Africa with 43 per cent, followed by the Eastern Mediterranean 21 per cent, Southeast Asia with 19 per cent, the America and the Western Pacific both 12 per cent. 

4.8 million deaths

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases registered around the globe is now more than 234 million, with deaths under 4.8 million.  

A large decrease in new weekly deaths was also reported for all regions, except America and Europe. These both regions have reported a similar number of weekly deaths as the week earlier. 

The largest decrease in weekly COVID-19 deaths was reported from Africa, with 25 per cent decline, when compared with the week earlier. 

The regions reporting the highest weekly case frequency rates per 100,000 population were Europe with 123.1 new cases per 100,000 population and America with 109.5 fresh COVID-19 cases per 100,000. Both the countries also reported this highest weekly frequency in fatalities per 100,000 population; America with 2.4 cases per 100,000 and the Europe with 1.6 new cases per 100,000, according to the updates.

US leads new cases

The highest numbers of fresh COVID-19 cases were registered in the United States (760,571), followed by the United Kingdom (239,781), Turkey (197,277), the Russian Federation (165,623, 13 per cent increase in new cases), and India (161,158, a 21 per cent decrease). 

The report also found that worldwide, cases of the Alpha variant have been registered in 195 countries, territories or areas, while 145 countries reported cases of the Beta variant; and 99 countries reported cases of the Gamma variant.

As of October 5, the Delta variant has been reported in 192 countries across all six WHO regions.

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