The World Health Organization says the number of global coronavirus cases declined in the past week, continuing a downward trend that began in late August.
In its latest weekly assessment of the pandemic released on Wednesday, the UN health agency said there were:
- More than 2.8 million new cases, a seven percent decrease from the previous week.
- More than 46,000 confirmed deaths in the past week, a 10 percent decrease from the previous week.
According to the weekly report, Europe reported a seven percent increase in new weekly cases, while all other regions of the world reported a decrease. The WHO said Europe also had the largest increase in new weekly deaths in the previous week, with 11 percent more deaths from COVID-19.
The largest number of new cases in Europe was reported in Great Britain, Turkey and Russia.
Russia on Thursday recorded the highest daily number of coronavirus infections and deaths since the start of the pandemic, a rapidly rising death toll that has severely affected the country’s health care system.
The government coronavirus task force reported 31,299 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 986 deaths in the past 24 hours.
The country has repeatedly marked a record number of daily deaths in recent weeks as infections spiked amid a slow vaccination rate and lax enforcement of measures to protect against the coronavirus.
-From The Associated Press, last updated at 7:10 am ET
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As of early Thursday morning, more than 239.2 million COVID-19 cases had been reported worldwide, according to a Johns Hopkins University tool. The reported global death toll stood at more than 4.8 million.
At Americas, besieged business owners and families separated by a nonessential travel ban are celebrating after the Biden administration says it will reopen America’s land borders next month.
Travel across land borders from Canada and Mexico has been largely restricted to workers whose jobs are considered essential. The new rules will allow fully vaccinated foreign nationals to enter the US regardless of the reason beginning in early November.
Unlike air travel, for which proof of a negative COVID-19 test is required before boarding a flight to enter the US, no tests will be required to enter the US by land or sea. , as long as the travelers comply with the vaccination requirement.
The 19-month coronavirus restrictions had an economic, social and cultural impact, preventing cross-border shopping and family reunions when family members live on different sides of the border.
On AfricaNigeria will require officials to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative test for the disease in order to gain access to its offices from early December, a presidential committee said on Wednesday.
At Pacific Asia Melbourne will emerge from months of COVID-19 lockdown next week ahead of schedule, while New Zealand reported its biggest increase in COVID-19 infections in six weeks.
South Korea has reported more than 1,000 new coronavirus infections for the 100th day in a row as a delta-driven outbreak continues to spread in the capital area. Health officials say 1,580 of the 1,940 new cases reported Thursday are in the Seoul metropolitan region.
On Europe, The French government will ask lawmakers to extend its pandemic state of emergency until July 31 next year to deal with the ongoing coronavirus crisis, spokesman Gabriel Attal said.
At middle East, Iran reported 12,298 new COVID-19 cases and 194 additional deaths on Wednesday.
-From The Associated Press and Reuters, last updated at 7:15 am ET