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According to the weekly epidemiological update from the World Health Organization released on Tuesday, global new cases of Covid-19 increased “markedly” during the week of January 3-9, with more than 15 million new cases reported.

This is a 55% increase in the number of cases from the previous week.

Five WHO regions reported an increase in the number of cases, with the largest increase of 418% being recorded in the South-East Asia region. This is followed by the Western Pacific Region, 122%, the Eastern Mediterranean Region, 86%, the Region of the Americas, 78% and the European Region, 31%.

The African Region was the only one to report an 11% decrease.

The largest number of new cases were reported in the United States, followed by France, United Kingdom, Italy and India.

Globally, as of January 9, there have been more than 304 million confirmed cases.

Although there was an increase in the number of cases, the number of deaths remained similar to the previous week, with more than 43,000 new deaths reported.

Two regions reported an increase in deaths, the African Region, 84%, and the Region of the Americas, 26%. The Western Pacific Region reported a number of deaths similar to the previous week. Declines were reported in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, 11%, the European Region, 10%, and the South-East Asia Region, 6%.

As of January 9, more than 5.4 million deaths have been reported worldwide.

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