Global Covid-19 cases have climbed for seven consecutive weeks, according to a World Health Organization report citing data received on April 11.
WHO reported more than 4.5 million new cases and 76,000 deaths in the week ending on April 11. That’s a 7% increase in coronavirus deaths from the previous week, marking the fourth consecutive week of increasing deaths.
The highest numbers of new cases were reported in India, the US, Brazil, Turkey and France.
The numbers of countries reporting virus variants of concern is also increasing, WHO noted.
The B.1.1.7 variant first identified in the UK has now been found in 132 countries, the B.1.351 variant first identified in South Africa has now been found in 82 countries and the P.1 variant first identified in Brazil has now been found in 52 countries, according to the report.