The World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday that nearly 3 million cases of coronavirus have been reported worldwide in the past seven days, a global record.
A WHO official said in a statement, however, that the death toll was the same as last week.
More than 42 million cases of Covid-19 were reported worldwide on Oct. 25, with 1.1 million deaths, the health agency said, with 2.8 million new cases and 40,000 deaths last week.
The World Health Organization says the highest number of new cases for the second week in a row was more than 1.3 million, up 33 percent from the previous week, and contributed to 46 percent, or nearly half of all global cases this week.
“Similarly, the death toll continues to rise in the region, up 35 percent from last week and accounting for nearly a third of all fatalities worldwide,” the agency said.
Cases are also on the rise in the Americas, the Middle East and Africa.
“Despite changes in the region, the countries with the highest number of cases reported last week remained the same as in the past three weeks: India, the United States, France, Brazil and the United Kingdom,” the WHO official said.
The United States, Brazil and Argentina also reported the highest number of Covid-19 outbreaks in the region, with 78% and 67% fatalities, respectively.
In the United States, that number has risen since Sept. 7, when the country recorded 240,000 new cases this week, up from more than 400,000 last week.
“Cases are now approaching the peak of the outbreak in July,” the World Health Organization said.
The United States still sees 1,318 cases per million population, but that is lower than many European countries such as Britain with 2,200 cases per 1 million and France 3,300 cases per million.
The death toll in the United States has surpassed 225,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.
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