Global cases of Covid-19 increased by 10% over the past week, but deaths are declining, according to the weekly epidemiological update from the World Health Organization published Tuesday.
Globally cases increased 10% over the past week to over three million new reported cases, according to the report. The number of new cases peaked in early January, then declined in the week beginning Feb. 15. They have now increased for the past three weeks.
All WHO regions have reported a rise in new cases apart from Africa.
New deaths have continued to decline, the report said. They are now under 60,000, down from a peak of over 95,000 deaths in the week beginning Jan. 18. The last time that deaths were this low was four months ago.
This week, deaths rose in two WHO regions: the Eastern Mediterranean and the Western Pacific.
Over 80% of the new reported cases and deaths come from the Americas and Europe.
Brazil reported the highest number of new cases – just over 494,000 – followed by the US, France, Italy and India.