Over the past week, 21 million new cases of coronavirus infection have been registered worldwide – the highest weekly number of newly infected since the beginning of the pandemic, the World Health Organization announced today.
According to the statement, the death toll remained largely unchanged – more than 50,000.
In its weekly pandemic assessment, the WHO said the number of newly infected coronaviruses had risen by five per cent, but that the growth rate also appeared to be slowing.
The WHO says the largest increase in coronavirus cases is in the Middle East, at 39 percent, followed by a 36 percent jump in Southeast Asia. Deaths also rose in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and South and North America, but declined in other regions.