The number of new cases of the Covid-19 epidemic decreased last week for the first time in Europe in three months, but deaths in the region continued to rise, according to data published by the World Health Organization on Wednesday.
The Health Organization stated that about four million cases of the emerging coronavirus were recorded in the world during the week that ended Sunday, while 60,000 people died during the same period.
Europe remains the region most affected by the epidemic, with the total number of infections exceeding 15 million on Tuesday.
Last week, it recorded 46% of the total infections in the world and 49% of the deaths, according to the weekly newsletter on the spread of the epidemic issued by the world organization.
The organization indicated that injuries are still high, with 1.84 million new cases, but stressed that “for the first time in three months, the past week in the region recorded a 10% decline in weekly cases.”
But at the same time, more than 29,000 deaths were recorded on the European continent, an increase of 18% compared to the previous week.
The organization’s data showed that Austria recorded the largest increase in new cases in Europe last week, an increase of 30% compared to the previous week.
The American continent was the second most affected region in the world, but injuries continued to rise in it, as well as deaths.
Injuries on this continent increased by 40%, with more than 1.45 million new infections recorded, while deaths increased by 11% (19,100 within seven days).
More than a million of these new cases were recorded in the United States, bringing the number of cases to nearly 11 million since the start of the pandemic.
The only region that witnessed a decline in new infections and deaths over the past week is Southeast Asia.
More than 1.3 million people have died in the world as a result of Covid-19, while 55 million have been injured since the start of this epidemic in China at the end of last year, according to an AFP census based on official sources.
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