Europe the only region with rising Covid-19 deaths: WHO

A medical worker in the burial chamber of a hospital that treats Covid-19 patients in Kiev, Ukraine, on Nov 2, 2021. PHOTO: AFP

LONDON - The World Health Organisation (WHO) says coronavirus deaths in Europe have risen by 5 per cent in the last week, making it the only region in the world where fatalities have increased.

In its weekly report issued on Tuesday (Nov 16), the WHO said that 50,000 Covid-19 deaths were recorded worldwide last week, but all regions aside from Europe saw fatalities remain steady or decline, Xinhua news agency reported.

Europe has recorded 28,304 new deaths in the past week, with a cumulative total of 1,480,768. Of the 3.3 million new Covid-19 cases reported globally, 2.1 million came from Europe.

The countries in Europe with the highest number of new coronavirus cases were Russia (275,579), Germany (254,436) and Britain (252,905), the WHO report said.

The WHO warned recently that Europe was once again the epicentre of the pandemic and that half a million people on the continent could die from Covid-19 in the next few months.

As at Nov 14, more than 252 million confirmed Covid-19 cases and more than five million deaths have been reported worldwide, according to the WHO report.

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