In Europe, the number of coronavirus infections fell for the first time in three months.
Last week, 1.84 million cases were recorded, a ten percent decrease from the previous seven days, with much of the continent now under new national bans.
France imposed a nationwide lockdown on October 30, Germany launched a breaker earlier this month, and Austria launched a three-week lockdown from Tuesday.
Europe, whose total number of infections rose to over 15 million on Tuesday, accounted for almost half of all cases worldwide.
Today’s WHO data showed that the number of deaths in the second wave continues to rise. More than 29,000 deaths have been recorded across the continent – an 18 percent increase from the previous week.
There were 1.84 million cases recorded in the past week, a ten percent decrease from the previous seven days, according to data released by WHO
In total, nearly four million cases of the novel coronavirus were recorded worldwide in the week leading up to Sunday, and nearly 60,000 people died from the disease over the same period.
Hardest hit countries
248,707 deaths, 11,360,125 cases
166,699 deaths, 5,911,758 cases
130,993 deaths, 8,912,907 cases
99,026 deaths, 1,011,153 cases
52,745 deaths, 1,410,732 cases
Europe accounted for 46 percent of new global cases and 49 percent of deaths, according to the UN Health Authority’s weekly epidemiological update.
WHO data showed that Austria saw the largest increase in new cases on the continent last week, up 30 percent from the previous week.
The Americas, which is the second hardest hit region, continued to see rising numbers of cases and an increase in deaths from the novel coronavirus.
The number of cases in the region rose over 40 percent, with more than 1.45 million new cases registered, and the death toll rose 11 percent. There were over 19,100 new deaths in the seven days.
More than a million of the new cases have been seen in the United States, where nearly 11 million cases have been counted since the pandemic began.
The only region where the number of new cases and deaths has decreased in the past week was Southeast Asia, according to the WHO.
Globally, more than 1.3 million people have died of Covid-19 and over 55 million have been infected with the virus since it emerged in China late last year. This emerges from a list of official sources compiled by AFP.
According to the latest reports, the US was the country with the most new deaths with 1,313 new deaths, followed by France with 1,219 and Italy with 731.
A man rides an electric bike in front of the Eiffel Tower in Trocadero Square in Paris on November 18, 2020 while a second lockdown has been carried out in France to help contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus
The United States is the worst-hit country with 248,707 deaths out of 11,360,125 cases. At least 4,293,640 people were declared rescued.
After the US, Brazil is hardest hit with 166,699 deaths out of 5,911,758 cases, India with 130,993 deaths out of 8,912,907 cases, Mexico with 99,026 deaths out of 1,011,153 cases and the United Kingdom with 52,745 deaths out of 1,410,732 cases.
The country with the highest number of deaths compared to its population is Belgium with 124 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Peru with 107, Spain with 89 and Argentina with 80.
China – with the exception of Hong Kong and Macau – has reported 86,369 cases so far, including 4,634 deaths and 81,411 recoveries.
A medical professional takes a swab from a man at the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) testing center in the San Severo fuori le mura church in Naples, Italy, on Nov. 18, 2020
There were a total of 426,839 deaths from 12,163,009 cases in Latin America and the Caribbean, 348,711 deaths from 15,172,363 infections in Europe, and 259,777 deaths from 11,664,823 cases in the US and Canada.
Asia reported 183,922 deaths out of 11,589,648 cases, the Middle East 70,968 deaths out of 2,993,803 cases, Africa 47,972 deaths out of 2,000,762 cases, and Oceania 941 deaths out of 30,064 cases.
Due to corrections by national authorities or late publication of data, the numbers updated in the last 24 hours may not exactly match the previous day’s numbers.