The number of weekly cases of Covid-19 globally decreased 9 percent during the week of July 25-31 compared to the previous week, with more than 6.5 million new cases reported, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
The number of new weekly deaths was flat this week compared to the previous week, at more than 14,000. deathly victims notified. As of July 31, 2022, more than 574 million confirmed cases and more than 6.3 million deaths have already been reported worldwide.
At the regional level, the number of new cases reported weekly increased in the Western Pacific (+20%) and Africa (+5%); at the same time, it decreased or remained stable in Europe (-35%), Eastern Mediterranean (-12%), Southeast Asia (-2%) and America (-2%).
Deaths increased in the Western Pacific (+44%), Eastern Mediterranean (+26%), South-East Asia (+20%) and Africa (+12%), while it decreased in Europe (-26%). The number of new weekly deaths in America It was similar to the previous week.
At the country level, highest numbers of new weekly cases were notified by Japan (1,379,099 new cases; +42%), USA (923,366; 2%), South Korea (564,437; +25%), Germany (459,724; -26%) and Italy (394,583 new cases; -26%).
The highest numbers of new weekly deaths were recorded in the United States (2,626 new deaths; -10%), Brazil (1,827; +31%), Italy (1,205; +27%), Japan (655; +141%) and Australia (637; +24%).
On the other hand, regarding the variants, from July 1 to August 1, 2022, the WHO has analyzed 204 thousand 668 sequences. Of these, 203,440 are from omicron and their descendant lineages, representing 99 percent of the sequences reported globally in the last 30 days.
A comparison of the sequences at week 29 (July 17-23, 2022) and week 28 (July 10-16, 2022) shows that the subvariants omicron BA.5 Y BA.4 they remained dominant globally. On the contrary, in the same period of time, the sequences BA.2.12.1 and BA.2 showed a decrease.