WHO said 'That's the highest number of reported Covid-19 cases in a single week since the beginning of the epidemic.' but related death rate going down.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned the coronavirus outbreak could be speeding up worldwide, with new cases soaring last week to a fresh seven-day record of almost two million.

During the week ending September 20, as many as 1,998,897 new cases of the novel coronavirus were registered around the world, the WHO said, in a global update published late Monday. That marks a six-percent increase over a week earlier, the UN health agency said, adding it is also “the highest number of reported cases in a single week since the beginning of the epidemic.”

The WHO cited the rise in nearly all regions of the world, noting that only Africa reported a 12-percent drop in new cases from a week earlier. Europe and the Americas reported spikes in new cases last week, of 11 and 10 percent respectively.

At the same time, worldwide, the number of new deaths is going down, WHO statistics show. Some 37,700 new deaths linked to the pandemic were recorded globally last week, a decline of 10 percent compared to the previous period. In the Americas, new deaths were at 22 percent lower than a week earlier, and in Africa new deaths dropped 16 percent.

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