Globally, the number of new COVID-19 cases increased in the past week (10-16 January 2022), while the number of new deaths remained similar to that of the previous week.
Across the six WHO regions, over 18 million new cases were reported this week, a 20% increase, as compared to the previous week.
Over 45 000 new deaths were also reported. As of 16 January, over 323 million confirmed cases and over 5.5 million deaths have been reported worldwide
Despite a slowdown of the increase in case incidence at the global level, all regions reported an increase in the incidence of weekly cases with the exception of the African Region, which reported a 27% decrease.
The South-East Asia region reported the largest increase in new cases last week (145%), followed by the Eastern Mediterranean Region (68%).
New weekly deaths increased in the South-East Asia Region (12%) and Region of the Americas (7%) while remaining approximately the same as the previous week in the other regions
In this edition we also provide two updates on:
- The WHO COVID-19 global rapid risk assessment
- The geographic distribution of circulating SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern (VOCs)