World’s largest ever number of new Covid-19 cases last week, WHO says

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A health official takes a swab sample from a man to test for Covid-19 at a testing center in Allahabad, India on April 12.
A health official takes a swab sample from a man to test for Covid-19 at a testing center in Allahabad, India on April 12. Sanjay Kanojia / AFP / Getty Images
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The world added a record 5,236,922 new Covid-19 cases in the past seven days, according to data released Tuesday by the World Health Organization.

This beats the previous record for new cases in a week of 5.04 million, set the week of January 4, 2021.

Cases have increased in all WHO regions except Europe, which has seen a 3% drop in cases. The largest increase in cases occurred in the Southeast Asian region, where the number of cases rose 57% from the previous week.

WHO said an ongoing outbreak in India appeared to be behind the number of cases in the Southeast Asian region. New cases in India accounted for 94% of new cases in the region and almost 28% of new cases globally.

Globally, deaths from Covid-19 topped 3 million last week. According to the WHO, it took the world nine months to reach its first million Covid-19-related deaths, and just three months to register its most recent million.

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