Africa’s COVID-19 cases reduce by 23% as global cases soar –WHO

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Amarachi Okeh

The World Health Organisation says there has been a steady increase in the number of global COVID-19 cases recorded in the past week while also reporting a decline in the number of cases from Africa.

The WHO in its weekly epidemiological report said over 4.4 million new COVID-19 cases were reported globally in the past week starting on 9 August and ended on the 15 August bringing the number of cumulative cases all over the world to over 206 million cases.

WHO also noted that despite the increase in global cases, there has been a decline in the figures recorded from Africa.

It says, “the African Region reported the largest percentage decrease in cases and death incidence, 23%, and 18% respectively”.

The report also identified the countries where the most increase in cases was recorded.

“This increasing trend is largely attributed to increases in the Western Pacific Region and the Region of the Americas which reported 14% and 8% increases respectively as compared to the previous week,” it said.

According to the report, the highest numbers of new cases in the past week were reported by the United States of America, the Islamic Republic of Iran, and India.

While the highest numbers of new deaths in the past week were reported by Indonesia, Brazil, and the Russian Federation.

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