The number of new weekly deaths decreased by 13% as compared to the previous week, with over 7800 new fatalities reported. As of 20 November 2022, over 634 million confirmed cases and 6.6 million deaths have been reported globally.
At the regional level, the number of newly reported weekly cases decreased or remained stable across five of the six WHO regions: the Eastern Mediterranean Region (-22%), the European Region (-11%), the African Region (-9%), the Western Pacific Region (-4%) and the Region of the Americas (+3%); while case numbers increased in the South-East Asia Region (+8%). The number of newly reported weekly deaths decreased or remained stable across four regions: the European Region (-26%), the Eastern Mediterranean Region (-20%), the Region of the Americas (-11%) and the Western Pacific Region (+1%); while death numbers increased in the African Region (+124%; 38 vs eight deaths) and the South-East Asia Region (+13%).
At the country level, the highest numbers of new weekly cases were reported from Japan (593 075 new cases; +18%), the Republic of Korea (364 536 new cases; +2%), the United States of America (274 067 new cases; -3%), France (186 446 new cases; +23%) and China (158 813 new cases; -8%). The highest numbers of new weekly deaths were reported from the United States of America (2202 new deaths; -5%), Japan (702 new deaths; +27%), China (476 new deaths; +16%), France (441 new deaths; +9%) and the Russian Federation (430 new deaths; -1%).
Current trends in reported COVID-19 cases should be interpreted with caution as several countries have been progressively changing COVID-19 testing strategies, resulting in lower overall numbers of tests performed and consequently lower numbers of cases detected. COVID-19 prevalence surveys conducted in a number of countries have found that the number of reported COVID-19 cases is an underestimate of the actual number of cases in the population 1–4.
Additionally, data from previous weeks are continuously updated to retrospectively incorporate changes in reported COVID-19 cases and deaths made by countries.
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