MADRID (EUROPA PRESS) – The number of weekly cases of COVID-19 globally decreased by 9 percent during the week of July 25-31 compared to the previous week, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) , which has recorded more than 6.5 million new cases. ,
The number of new weekly deaths was flat this week compared to the previous week, which saw more than 14,000 deaths. As of July 31, 2022, there have already been over 574 million confirmed cases and over 6.3 million deaths worldwide.
Regionally, the number of new weekly cases reported increased in the Western Pacific (+20%) and Africa (+5%); Also, it decreased or remained stable in Europe (-35%), Eastern Mediterranean (-12%), Southeast Asia (-2%) and Americas (-2%).
Deaths increased in the Western Pacific (+44%), Eastern Mediterranean (+26%), Southeast Asia (+20%) and Africa (+12%), while it decreased in Europe (-26%). The number of new weekly deaths in the US was similar to the previous week.
At the country level, Japan (1,379,099 new cases; +42%), the United States (923,366; 2%), South Korea (564,437; +25%), Germany (459,724; – 26%) and Italy (394,583 new cases; +25%), -26%).
The United States (2,626 new deaths; -10%), Brazil (1,827; +31%), Italy (1,205; +27%), Japan (655; +141%) recorded the highest number of new weekly deaths. Australia (637; +24%).
At the same time, in terms of variants, from July 1 to August 1, 2022, WHO has analyzed 204,668 sequences. Of these, 203,440 are from Omicron and its descendant lineage, which represents 99 percent of the sequences reported globally in the past 30 days.
Comparison of sequences at week 29 (July 17–23, 2022) and week 28 (July 10–16, 2022) shows that the Omicron subvariants ba.5 and ba.4 remained dominant worldwide, with weekly prevalence increasing to 63.8. Used to be. 69.6 percent and from 10.9 to 11.8 percent respectively.
In contrast, over the same period, sequences BA.2.12.1 and BA.2 showed a decrease of 4.4 to 1.9 percent and 2 to 1.5 percent, respectively.