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WHO Covid-19 weekly epidemiological update

Global epidemiological situation as of October 5, 2020

THE number of new cases per week has remained stable at 2 million for the past three weeks(Figure 1), with the cumulative total of over 34.8 million cases.

Over 1 million deaths have now been reported globally, of which the majority were reported in the Region of the Americas(55%),followed by Europe(23%).

In the past week, the regions of the Americas, South-East Asia, and Europe account for 91% of new cases.

Five countries (namely India,the United States of America, Brazil, Argentina and France) reported 60% of new global cases this past week, while Israel registered the highest incidence (3717 new cases per 1 million population).

Globally, the highest percentage of cases have been reported in the 25-39 age group, with approximately 50% of cases in the 25-64 age group.

However, the percentage of deaths increaseswith age, and approximately 75% of deaths are in those aged 65 years and above.


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