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WHO COVID-19 Weekly Epidemiological Update 8 April 2021

Globally, new COVID-19 cases rose for a sixth consecutive week, with over 4 million new cases reported in the last week (Figure 1). The number of new deaths also increased by 11% compared to last week, with over 71 000 new deaths reported. The largest increases in case incidence were observed in the South-East Asia (most notably in India) and the Western Pacific regions (Table 1). All regions, except for the African Region,reported increases in the number of deaths, with the largest increase of 46% from the South-East Asia Region. The highest numbers of new cases were reported from India (513 885 new cases; 38% increase), Brazil (505668 new cases; 5% decrease), the United States of America (444 756 new cases; 5% increase), Turkey (265 937 new cases; 43% increase), and France (244 607 new cases; 4% decrease).

WHO case definitions and surveillance guidance. While steps are taken to ensure accuracy and reliability, all data are subject to continuous verification and change, and caution must be taken when interpreting these data as several factors influence the counts presented, with variable underestimation of true case and death incidence, and variable delays to reflecting these data at global level. Case detection, inclusion criteria, testing strategies, reporting practices, and data cut-off and lag times differ between countries/territories/areas. A small number of countries/territories/areas report combined probable and laboratory-confirmed cases. Differences are to be expected between information products published by WHO, national public health authorities, and other sources. Due to public health authorities conducting data reconciliation exercises which remove large numbers of cases or deaths from their total counts, negative numbers may be displayed in the new cases/deaths columns as appropriate.