The number of COVID-19 cases and deaths has continued to decline globally, with 3.1 million new cases and just over 54,000 new deaths, reported over the last week, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Compared to the previous week, this represents a nine percent decrease in cases, while deaths remained similar, the WHO said in its weekly epidemiological update.
The update provides an overview of the global, regional, and country-level COVID-19 cases and deaths, highlighting key data and trends; as well as other pertinent epidemiological information concerning the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the week of 27 September to 3 October, all regions reported a decline in the number of new cases, apart from Europe which remained similar to the week before.
The largest decrease in new weekly cases was reported in Africa (43 percent), followed by the Eastern Mediterranean (21 percent), Southeast Asia (19 percent), the Americas (12 percent), and the Western Pacific (12 percent).
The number of confirmed cases reported globally is now over 234 million, with fatalities just under 4.8 million.
A large decline in the number of new weekly deaths was also reported for all regions, except the Americas and Europe. These regions both reported a similar number of weekly deaths as the previous week.
The largest decline in weekly deaths was reported from Africa, with a 25 percent decline, compared with the previous week.
The highest numbers of new cases were reported from the United States (760,571), the United Kingdom (239,781 new cases), Turkey (197,277 new cases), the Russian Federation (165,623 new cases; 13 percent increase), and India (161,158 new cases, a 21 percent decrease).
Globally, the report found that cases of the Alpha variant have been reported in 195 countries, territories, or areas (two new countries added since last week), while 145 countries (3 new countries since last week) have reported cases of the Beta variant; and 99 countries have reported cases of the Gamma variant (4 new countries since last week).
The Delta variant has been reported in 192 countries across all six WHO regions, as of 5 October.