The latest WHO epidemiological report shows a steady increase in Europe’s COVID-19 deaths week-on-week

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For the third week in a row, Europe has seen an increase in COVID-19 deaths, the latest World Health Organization epidemiological report shows.

In the 3 weeks from 5–26 October, deaths increased in the region week-on-week. In the week ending 13 October, the number increased by 11% from the previous week, increasing by another 4% the following week. Last week saw the largest jump, with the number of deaths increasing by 14%.

There were similar increases in new cases per week, with a 7% increase in both weeks between 5 and 19 October, and a considerable 18% jump in the week ending 26 October.

Globally, the numbers of weekly COVID-19 cases and deaths increased slightly during the past week, with over 2.9 million cases and over 49,000 new deaths, a 4% and 5% increase respectively.

The largest decrease in new weekly cases was reported for the African region (21%), followed by the Western Pacific region (17%).

The largest decrease in new weekly deaths was reported from the Western Pacific region, showing a 13% decrease compared to the previous week.

This article originally appeared on Univadis, part of the Medscape Professional Network.

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