Weekly deaths from coronavirus disease drops to new low of 54,000

The World Health Organization says the number of coronavirus disease infections ticked up worldwide last week even as the weekly count of deaths dropped to the lowest level since October, AP reports.

The U.N. health agency, in its latest weekly epidemiological report on the pandemic, also said on Wednesday that its 53-country European region reported a “sharp increase” – 30 percent – in infection incidence, while Africa registered a 23 percent rise in mortality from the disease during the period.

All WHO regions except the Americas — one of the hardest-hit regions — and southeast Asia posted an increase in deaths over the last week, the agency said in a statement.

More than 2.6 million new infections were reported between June 28 and July 4, a slight increase on the previous week, while the tally of deaths registered over the week declined by 7 percent to 54,000, WHO said. That was the lowest such weekly figure since October.

WHO said most new infections were reported in Brazil and India — though weekly case counts in those two countries were declining — as well as Colombia, followed by Indonesia and Britain, which each tallied a weekly increase in infections.

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