WHO COVID-19 Weekly reports, September

21 September, 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.

21 September: In the week 14 to 20 September, nearly 2 million cases of COVID-19 were reported worldwide - an increase of six percent from the week before. This is the highest number of new infections in a single week on record since the epidemic began. Weekly case incidence rose in all regions except Africa. The Americas continues to carry the highest burden of COVID-19 globally, with nearly 40 percent of all cases last week reported there. Deaths, however, decreased in the region. 

The South-East Asia Region reported increased deaths this week, and accounted for 25% of all reported deaths worldwide.  The WHO European Region showed the greatest rise in deaths in the past week, with a 27% increase compared to the previous week.

14 September: In the week of 7 to 13 September, an additional 1.8 million COVID-19 cases and 40,600 deaths were reported to the WHO. This is roughly the same number of cases, but higher deaths, than the previous week.

Both the Americas region and Africa region had decreases in cases compared to the previous week, with a decline in deaths also reported from Africa. The Americas however continues to account for more than half (51%) of the total global cases and 55% of the deaths. Some of the smaller Caribbean islands have experienced surges in cases, including Guadeloupe and Curacao.

The South East Asia region is the second most affected (19% of global cases, 10% of deaths) and the European region is the third most affected (17% of cases, 25% of deaths).

n the Eastern Mediterranean region, social gatherings for religious and cultural events as well as weddings have fueled ongoing transmission in several countries.

7 September: In the week to 6 September, more than 1.8 million COVID-19 cases and 37,000 additional deaths were reported to the WHO. This takes the global total to nearly 27 million COVID-19 cases and 900,000 deaths.

The outbreak is growing the fastest in South-East Asia, spurred on by surging cases in India in particular. The Americas continue to account for almost half of the new cases this week. Both the European and Eastern Mediterranean regions saw increasing trends.

Decreasing trends were observed in the African and Western Pacific regions, where weekly cases peaked in mid-July and early-August respectively.

4 September: The latest weekly COVID-19 update reports over 26 million cases and over 864,000 deaths globally. In the week to 4 September, there were more than 290,000 new cases and 26,000 deaths. Most of the activity has been reported in Americas region followed by South- East Asia. Countries with most cases were ranked with the United States leading the tally, followed in decreasing order by Brazil, India, Russia, Peru, Colombia, South Africa, Mexico, Spain, Argentina, Chile and Iran.

A survey of 105 countries across the WHO regions reveals that about 90% of all countries are facing disruption to health services, and major brunt being faced by low and middle income countries. Routine and elective services including critical care have been impacted throughout. In addition to providing the COVID-19 Partners Platform, the WHO is also helping with COVID-19 Preparedness plans and has published guidance on COVID-19 intra-action review (IAR) and accompanying tools.

The news item for the daily WHO reports for August is available here.


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