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WHO: Coronavirus deaths up by 10 percent in a week

More than 4.1 million people contracted coronavirus worldwide last week, more than 52,500 deaths were registered. The World Health Organization (WHO) said the number of new infections has grown by 2 percent and deaths — by 10 percent compared to the previous week. TASS reports.

Europe saw a 3 percent drop in the incidence of the virus and a 2 percent drop in deaths.

Significant incidence increase was registered in Africa (79 percent) and the Americas (21 percent).

There were significantly less cases in the Western Pacific (by 10 percent) and Southeast Asia (by 10 percent).

Number of deaths rose strongly in Southeast Asia (49 percent) and the Americas (38 percent), but declined in Africa (13 percent) and the Eastern Mediterranean (8 percent).

The still-dominant Delta strain was detected in 99.8 percent of tests in the past 60 days, Omicron — in 0.1 percent, and Alpha, Beta and Gamma variants — in less than 0.1 percent, WHO said.

The presence of Omicron strain has been confirmed in 57 states.