Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Data as received by WHO from national authorities, as of 27 September 2020, 10 am CEST For the latest data and information on COVID-19, please see: • WHO COVID-19 Dashboard • WHO COVID-19 Weekly Operational Update Global epidemiological situation To date, over 32.7 million COVID-19 cases and 991 000 deaths have been reported to WHO. During the week of 21–27 September, there were more than 2 million new cases and 36 000 new deaths reported, which is similar to the numbers reported the previous week. Cumulative deaths are expected to exceed one million in the coming week.
Figure 1: Number of COVID-19 cases reported weekly by WHO Region, and global deaths, 30 December 2019 through 27 September 2020**
The Region of the Americas continues to carry the highest incidence of COVID-19 globally (Table 1), reporting similar numbers of new cases and deaths as the previous week. The Region accounts for 38% of all new cases and 52% of all new deaths reported in the past seven days. The Eastern Mediterranean Region showed the greatest increase (9%) in cases in the past week, while the European Region reported a substantial rise in deaths, with a 9% increase compared to the previous week. The WHO African, Western Pacific and South-East Asia Regions reported decreases in the new case and deaths over the past week. Additional region-specific information can be found below: African Region, Region of the Americas, Eastern Mediterranean Region, European Region, South-East Asia Region, and Western-Pacific Region.
Table 1. Newly reported and cumulative COVID-19 confirmed cases and deaths, by WHO Region, as of 27 September 2020**
Situation by WHO Region
The African Region continues its decreasing trend for the seventh week, reporting a 7% decrease in new cases and a 14% decrease in new deaths. During the past week, 33 of the 49 affected countries reported either a decrease in deaths or no deaths. South Africa continues to report the highest number of new cases and new deaths followed by Ethiopia, Uganda, Algeria and Mozambique. South Africa also has the highest number of cumulative cases and deaths per one million population in the Region, followed by Cabo Verde which has reported increasing numbers of cases and deaths over the past month.
Cases in Mozambique have consistently increased over the last four weeks stretching health system capacity. More than half of the new cases (and total cases) are in the capital city, Maputo. Mozambique’s overall case rate, however, remains relatively low: 248 cases per million population and two deaths per million population.
Figure 3: Number of COVID-19 cases and deaths reported weekly by the WHO African Region, as of 27 September 2020**
Region of the Americas
The Region of the Americas remains the most affected WHO Region, accounting for 50% of all reported cases and 55% of deaths. The Region reported similar numbers of new cases and deaths this past week as compared to the previous week and accounts for 38% of new cases and 52% of new deaths.
The United States of America, Brazil, Argentina and Colombia continue to report the highest number of new cases in the past week. Mexico reported the sixth-highest number of new cases and third highest number of new deaths.
Figure 4: Number of COVID-19 cases and deaths reported weekly by the WHO Region of the Americas, as of 27 September 2020**
Eastern Mediterranean Region
Over the past month, the number of new cases and deaths reported in the Eastern Mediterranean Region has consistently increased, with a 9% and 3% increase respectively. The highest numbers of new cases were reported by Iraq, Iran and Morocco. Somalia, Jordan, United Arab Emirates and Tunisia reported the greatest relative increase in cases compared to the previous week. While Iraq reported the highest number of new deaths, Bahrain and Jordan reported the greatest increase in deaths compared to the previous week.
Figure 5: Number of COVID-19 cases and deaths reported weekly by the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region, as of 27 September 2020**
While the number of new cases and deaths reported in the European Region continued to increase in the past seven days, the rate slowed (Figure 6), with only a 5% increase in new cases and 9% increase in new deaths reported (compared to 11% and 27% increase, respectively, the previous week). France, the Russian Federation, Spain and the United Kingdom continue to report the highest numbers of new cases. Turkey reported the third highest deaths in last seven days after the Russian Federation and Spain.
In France, the highest 7-day incidence was observed in the regions of Île-de-France , Hauts-de-France and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur – the latter including the city of Marseille, which has emerged as the epicenter of the country’s second wave in recent weeks. While the number of hospitalized cases has doubled in the past 10 days, hospitalization numbers remain a magnitude smaller than observed earlier this year and hospital stays have tended to be shorter. Nonetheless, test positivity rates have continued to trend upwards (reaching 7.4% on 27 September), and 58/101 departments are now classified in the red zone indicating very high levels of infection.
In the United Kingdom, there has been an increase in the number of people testing positive for COVID- 19 in all age groups, with the regions of Greater Glasgow and Clyde , the North West and the North East reporting the highest incidence in the past week. Wales has reported the highest rates of infection to date (727.7 per 100 000 population), followed by England (664), Northern Ireland (566.6) and Scotland (504.7).
Figure 6: Number of COVID-19 cases and deaths reported weekly by the WHO European Region, as of 27 September 2020**
South-East Asia Region
The South-East Asia Region is the second most affected Region, accounting for 21% and 11% of cumulative cases and deaths, respectively. While the Region had been reporting increasing cases and deaths since March, in the past week, a 7% decrease in new cases and a 3% decrease in new deaths were observed. The countries reporting the highest number of new cases continue to be India, Indonesia and Bangladesh, while Myanmar reported the highest increase in cases (92% increase) and deaths (80% increase) compared to the previous week.
Figure 7: Number of COVID-19 cases and deaths reported weekly by the WHO South-East Asia Region, as of 27 September 2020**
Western Pacific Region
Overall, the Western Pacific Region continues to show the lowest cumulative cases, accounting for just 2% of global cases and 1% of all deaths. The Philippines and Japan account for the highest number of new cases and new deaths in the Region. All countries in the Region except Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, and Guam reported decreases in new cases, as compared to the previous week. Only Malaysia reported an increase in new deaths.
Incidence of COVID-19 in Papua New Guinea remains low. An 8-fold increase was reported in August (396 cases) compared to July (52 cases). The number of cases reported so far in September (73 cases) is lower but there may be other undetected cases since the testing and overall health care capacity in the country are limited.
Figure 8: Number of COVID-19 cases and deaths reported weekly by the WHO Western Pacific Region, data as of 27 September 2020**
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