May 14, 2021 04:32 UTC
  • India accounts for half of last week's newly confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide: WHO

India accounted for 50 percent of the newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and 30 percent of related deaths worldwide over the past week, while the situation in its neighboring countries also raised grave international concerns, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.

As the WHO said in its weekly report, the numbers of new COVID-19 cases and deaths globally have decreased slightly over the past seven days, according to data WHO collected from national authorities as of 10:00 Central European Time (CET) on Sunday

However, the new case incidence in the South-East Asia Region is still climbing alarmingly for the nine consecutive weeks, the report said.

Data showed that 95 percent of the new caseload and 93 percent of COVID-related death in the South-East Asia Region were reported from India.

The latest outbreak in India has been a result of multiple reasons, the report held, attributing to the spread of the new variants, raised infection rate due incurred by several massive gathering events as well as insufficient health facilities.

The report indicated that B.1.617 the new variant has been detected from 44 countries and regions across the globe after more than 4,500 sequence were uploaded to GISAID - the world's largest coronavirus genome database.

Meanwhile, the WHO has received reports of detections from five additional countries. 

The B.1.617 variant, first detected in Maharashtra, India last year in October.

Outside of India, the United Kingdom has reported the largest number of cases sequenced as B.1.617 sublineages, the report said.

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