The global COVID-19 caseload surpassed 4 mln over the past week, with over 64,000 deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Wednesday noting that coronavirus incidence rose by 3% compared to the previous week and the mortality rate decreased by 8%.
"The global number of new cases has been increasing for more than a month, with over 4 mln cases reported in the past week (July 26 to August 1, 2021)," the WHO stated in its weekly epidemiological bulletin, emphasizing that "over 64,000 deaths were reported."
According to the bulletin, COVID-19 incidence surged by 3% over the past week, whereas the number of deaths dropped by 8%, TASS reports.
From July 26 to August 1, a total of 4,033,836 people were infected with COVID-19 across the world and some 64,216 patients died due to it. As of August 1, as many as 197,788,117 coronavirus cases had been recorded globally. Since the start of the pandemic, the COVID-19 death toll has reached 4,219,578.
The number of weekly COVID-19 cases substantially rose in the Eastern Mediterranean (37%) and the Western Pacific (33%). At the same time, the coronavirus incidence declined in Europe (9%), in the Americas (3%), and also in Africa (1%). The mortality rate sharply increased as compared to the previous week in the Western Pacific (48%) as well as the Eastern Mediterranean (31%). Meanwhile, the Americas recorded a 29% decrease in the number of fatalities over the past week.
In Europe, over 1 mln weekly COVID-19 cases were detected, while more than 8,000 people died due to the infection. In the Americas, more than 1.2 mln new COVID-19 cases and over 20,000 deaths were recorded. In Southeast Asia, doctors confirmed over 840,000 COVID-19 cases, while more than 22,000 patients died over the past seven days. Most COVID-19 cases were reported by the US (543,420), according to the WHO. This is followed by India (283,923), Indonesia (273,891), Brazil (247,830) and Iran (206,722).
The WHO also noted that the highly contagious Delta COVID-19 variant, discovered in October 2020 in India, had expanded its geography from 132 to 135 countries.