The World Health Organisation issued its latest epidemiological update overnight, and it makes for concerning reading. It says that globally, new Covid-19 cases increased for the ninth consecutive week, with nearly 5.7 million new cases reported in the last week – surpassing previous peaks.
The number of new deaths increased for the sixth consecutive week, with over 87 000 new deaths reported.
The report said:
While a number of countries in the region are reporting upward trends, India accounts for the vast majority of cases from this regional trend and 38% of global cases reported in the past week.
Similarly, all but two regions, South-East Asia and Eastern Mediterranean, reported declines in new deaths this week.
The highest numbers of new cases were reported from India (2,172, 063 new cases; 52% increase), the US (406,001 new cases; 15% decrease), Brazil (404,623 new cases; 12% decrease), Turkey (378,771 new cases; 9% decrease), and France (211,674 new cases; 9% decrease).
Virus evolution is expected and the more the virus circulates, the more opportunities it has to mutate, the report says.