WHO reports surge in coronavirus deaths last week

January 20, 2021

GENEVA — Over 93,000 people died from coronavirus in the past week, which is a record high figure since the start of the pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its weekly bulletin on Wednesday, according to Russian News Agency (TASS).

The COVID-19 case tally worldwide grew by over 4.7 million in the past week, it said. According to the WHO, 93,882 coronavirus fatalities were reported across the globe between Jan. 11 and Jan. 17 (a nine-percent growth as compared to the week earlier).

A total of 4,725,025 people got infected, which is 6% fewer than during the period of Jan. 6-10.

Last week, a growth in fatalities was reported in all six regions. As for the number of infections, it grew in Africa, Eastern Mediterranean and Western Pacific, declining in America, Europe and Southeast Asia.

In North and South America, more than 2.46 million people contracted coronavirus (a 2% decline) and over 43,000 people died (15% growth).

In Europe, more than 1.6 million coronavirus cases (15% decrease) and over 37,000 deaths (2% growth) were recorded.

In Southeast Asia, medics reported more than 200,000 new infections, which is a slightly lower figure than during the previous week (a decrease of 1%), and the number of deaths grew by more than 3,400 (an increase of 4%).

More than 1.5 million new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in the past week in the United States, which is followed by Brazil (over 379,000 new cases), the United Kingdom (over 339,000) and Russia (over 166,000). — SPA

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