WHO COVID-19 Weekly Reports, October

20 October, 2020

The World Health Organization Weekly Epidemiological Updates are focused on analysis and interpretation of the evolving epidemiological situation.

The WHO also maintains a COVID-19 global dashboard with total cases and deaths for the world and at the regional level, as well as rolling updates on COVID-19.

20 October: The latest weekly report captures data to 18 October, when the world had reported over 40 million cases and 1.1 million deaths. In the prior week an additional 2.4 million cases and 36,000 deaths were confirmed. India, the United States, France, Brazil and the United Kingdom reported the highest number of cases in the past seven days.

Despite a weekly percentage decline in cases from the Americas and South East Asia regions, countries in these regions still make up more than half of the cases and deaths reported. Surging outbreaks across Europe accounted for 38% of all cases this week. More gradual increases were noted in the African, Eastern Mediterranean and Western Pacific regions.

12 October: The highest numbers of confirmed cases, across all six WHO regions has been reported this past week. Thus far, this has been the highest number of cases reported in a single week. The Americas region continues to be at the helm "accounting for the greatest numbers of new cases and deaths." In the Eastern Mediterranean region, Iran has been the worst affected reporting 20% of new cases, followed by Oman which more than doubled in the number of new cases in the past week. Tunisia also peaked in their number of new cases which has prompted an increase in public health and safety measures. Although the Western Pacific region has also reported increases in both new cases (6%) and deaths (26%) in the past week, globally, they account for the least number of cases. Compared to last week, the South East Asia region continue to report a decline in new cases and deaths. However, India, Indonesia and Nepal continue to report the highest numbers in new cases with Bhutan and Sri Lanka "showing the highest increase in the proportion of new cases in the past week compared to the previous week." Since the beginning of the pandemic, the European region reported the highest incidence of cases this week with 700,000 new cases. The United Kingdom, France, Russia and Spain account for more than half of all the new cases reported. For more specific information on each region, refer to the latest WHO report.

5 October: Today’s WHO report discusses the number of cases globally, and provides updates by region. Overall the number of newly reported cases has remained stable at 2 million over the last three weeks. The Americas region is seeing the highest proportion of deaths. People between the ages of 25-39 currently have the highest percentage of case reported. In the African region, South Africa and Ethiopia again had the most new cases. South Africa has the highest mortality rate in the region, and saw an increase in deaths this week of 29%. In the Americas region, the incidence of new cases was similar to the previous week. The United States had seen a decline in July and August, but several states are reporting a large increase in new cases and deaths. Brazil, Colombia, and Peru are all reporting a decrease in new cases. In the Eastern Mediterranean Region new case numbers remained about the same compared to last week. Iraq, Morocco, and Lebanon are among the countries reporting the highest numbers of new cases this week. In the European Region, the Russian Federation reported one of the highest counts of new cases. The country saw a decrease in new case until late August, but has seen rapid increases in the last three weeks. The South-East Asia Region contributed about one-third of the new cases this week, though a decline in new cases and deaths continued. India contributed the majority of new cases. India has reported more than 500,000 new cases per week since late-August. In the Western Pacific Region, the Solomon Islands reported their first case of COVID-19 this week. The case occurred in a student returning home from the Philippines.

View past WHO Weekly Epidemiological summaries here.

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