Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): weekly epidemiological update (July 20, 2022) – World

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Data as of July 17, 2022

Overall, during the week of July 11-17, 2022, the number of weekly cases plateaued, with just under 6.3 million new cases after an upward trend over the past five weeks (Figure 1) . The reported number of new weekly deaths is increasing with 11,000 reported deaths. Regionally, the number of new weekly cases increased in the Western Pacific Region (+37%), the Region of the Americas (+9%) and the South-East Asia Region (+5%), while it decreased in the African Region (-27%) and the European Region (-16%). The number of weekly new cases in the Eastern Mediterranean Region was similar to the figure reported the previous week. The number of new weekly deaths increased in the South-East Asia Region (+20%), the Eastern Mediterranean Region (+15%) and the Region of the Americas (+7%), while it decreased in the African Region (-39%) and the European Region (-14%). The number of new weekly deaths in the Western Pacific Region was similar to the figure reported the previous week. As of July 17, 2022, over 559 million confirmed cases and over 6.3 million deaths have been reported worldwide. Current trends in reported COVID-19 cases and deaths should be interpreted with caution, as several countries have gradually changed their COVID-19 testing strategies, resulting in a decline in the overall number of tests performed and, by consequently, a drop in the number of cases detected. In addition, the data is continuously updated to incorporate regular changes made retrospectively by countries.

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