The World Health Organization says the number of coronavirus cases rose worldwide last week even as the weekly number of COVID-19 deaths fell to the lowest level since October.
In its latest weekly epidemiological report on the epidemic, the United Nations health agency said on Wednesday that its 53-nation European region had recorded a “sharp increase” – 30 percent – in cases, while Africa recorded a 23 percent increase in the number of infections. . deaths from COVID-19 during this period.
In a statement, the organization said that all regions of the World Health Organization except for the Americas – one of the hardest-hit areas – and Southeast Asia recorded an increase in deaths over the past week.
The World Health Organization said that more than 2.6 million new cases of COVID-19 were reported between June 28 and July 4, a slight increase from the previous week, while the number of deaths recorded during the week decreased by 7% to 54,000. This was the lowest number. My week since October.
The World Health Organization said most new cases were reported in Brazil and India – although the number of weekly cases decreased in those two countries – as well as Colombia, followed by Indonesia and Britain, which each recorded a weekly increase in cases.
When asked briefly about reopening efforts around the world, WHO official Dr. Mike Ryan urged governments to open up “with great caution” to avoid losing the gains made in slowing the spread of COVID-19.
The virus is changing, Ryan said, “and we need to be very, very careful at this moment.”
— From The Associated Press and CBC News, last updated at 11:10 a.m. ET
What’s happening all over Canada
As of 11:20 a.m. ET Wednesday, Canada has reported 14,18,388 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 5,463 active cases. The national death toll has reached 26,382. More than 40.3 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered so far across the country, according to the CBC Vaccine Tracker.
at QuebecOn Wednesday, health officials reported one additional death and 103 new cases from COVID-19.
Ontario On Wednesday, it reported 194 new cases of COVID-19 and no additional deaths. The update came a day after the district’s chief medical officer called for all eligible youths to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before school returns in September. Kieran Moore said Tuesday that classes in Ontario schools are set to begin in less than two months with the goal of holding more in-person classes.
In Atlantic Canada, there were eight new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, of which seven were Nova Scotia and one in Prince Edward Island. No new cases were reported in Newfoundland and Labrador or new bronze.
at Quebec, as health officials push to vaccinate more young people, health officials on Tuesday reported no additional deaths and 67 new cases of COVID-19.
at ManitobaMeanwhile, health officials on Tuesday reported one additional death and 36 new cases of COVID-19 — the lowest single-day case number the county has seen since March.
Saskatchewan It reported one death on Tuesday and an additional 14 cases of COVID-19.
at Alberta, health officials are reporting two additional deaths and 33 new cases of COVID-19.
Across the North, 10 new cases were reported on Tuesday YukonHealth officials said the “surge” in new infections was concentrated in Whitehorse. No new cases were reported in Nunavut or the Northwest Territories.
at British ColumbiaNo new deaths were reported on Tuesday. Health officials said there are 46 new cases of the disease from the novel coronavirus.
-From CBC News and The Canadian Press, last updated at 11:25AM ET
What is happening around the world
As of early Wednesday morning, more than 184.6 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. tracking tool. The reported global death toll was more than 3.9 million.
In the AmericasThe emergence of a more transmissible form of COVID-19 in the United States “should make everyone think twice,” President Joe Biden said. Speaking Tuesday at the White House as he outlined his administration’s summer plans to boost vaccines, Biden said the delta variant first identified in India is now responsible for the majority of new virus cases in much of the country.
“It seems to me that it should make everyone think twice, and that should cause a reconsideration especially among young people,” he said, referring to the population that is least at risk of negative outcomes from the virus.
The people who helped get New York City through the coronavirus pandemic will be honored with a review. City officials say Wednesday’s event will honor a range of people, including health care, transportation, education and infrastructure workers. The show kicks off at Battery Park and will travel on Broadway in lower Manhattan, the famous stretch known as the Valley of Champions.
Meanwhile, Mexican health authorities on Tuesday announced the biggest jump in new daily coronavirus infections since late February.
at AfricaZimbabwe has returned to strict lockdown measures to combat the resurgence of COVID-19 amid a vaccine shortage. Infections have increased dramatically in recent weeks despite a nightly curfew, reduced hours, local lockdowns in hotspot areas, and intercity travel bans.
And the country’s Minister of Information announced that the virus had spread in rural areas with scattered health facilities. Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa announced after a cabinet meeting that most people should stay at home, similar to restrictions on movement adopted in March last year when towns and cities became almost deserted.
Zimbabwe is one of more than 14 African countries where the delta variant is spreading rapidly.
In the Asia Pacific In the region, 12 Indian government ministers resigned Wednesday, hours before an expected reshuffle of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government aimed at renewing its image after widespread criticism of its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.
India has recorded 400,000 coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began – the third highest of any other country. New cases are declining after exceeding 400,000 cases per day in May, but authorities are preparing for another possible wave and trying to ramp up vaccinations.
The two-week pandemic lockdown in Australia’s largest city has been extended for another week due to the largely vulnerable population that is not immune to the coronavirus.
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said Wednesday that health experts have recommended pushing the lockdown in Sydney until midnight on July 16. Only nine per cent of Australian adults have been fully vaccinated, raising fears that the coronavirus in the Delta is rapidly spreading out of control.
Authorities in southwest China’s Yunnan Province reported 15 new confirmed cases of locally transmitted coronavirus on July 6, all in the city of Ruili bordering Myanmar.
South Korea reported the second-highest number of new daily COVID-19 cases ever on Wednesday, just days after beginning to ease physical distancing restrictions in some parts of the country.
In the Middle eastKuwait health officials on Tuesday reported 1,993 new cases of COVID-19 and 20 additional deaths – including 19 deaths of unvaccinated people, local media reported.
at EuropeBritish media reported that fully vaccinated travelers from countries on Britain’s “amber list” are set to avoid quarantine from July 19.
–From Reuters, Associated Press and CBC News, last updated at 9 a.m. ET