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The latest report: Weekly epidemiological update - 17 August

World Health Organization - statistics: Countries, territories or areas with reported laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths.

Global epidemiological situation

Globally, the number of new weekly cases decreased by 24% during the week of 8 to 14 August 2022, as compared to the previous week, with over 5.4 million new cases reported. The number of new weekly deaths decreased by 6%, as compared to the previous week. As of 14 August 2022, 587 million confirmed cases and 6.4 million deaths have been reported globally.

At the regional level, the number of reported new weekly cases decreased across all six regions: the African Region (-38%), the European Region (-38%), the Eastern Mediterranean Region (-30%), the Western Pacific Region (-18%), the Region of the Americas (-17%), and the South-East Asia Region (-11%). The number of new weekly deaths increased in the Western Pacific (+31%) and the South-East Asia Region (+12%), while it decreased or remained stable in the African Region (-33%), the European Region (-25%), the Eastern Mediterranean Region (-7%), and the Region of the Americas (-4%).

At the country level, the highest numbers of new weekly cases were reported from Japan (1 395 301 new cases; -7%), the Republic of Korea (866 830 new cases; +22%), the United States of America (679 653 new cases; -14%), Germany (271 277 new cases; -25%), and Italy (193 305 new cases; -32%). The highest numbers of new weekly deaths were reported from the United States of America (2 907 new deaths; -4%), Japan (1 647 new deaths; 64%), Brazil (1 495 new deaths; +3%), Italy (920 new deaths; -13%), and Spain (573 new deaths; -12%).

Current trends in reported COVID-19 cases and deaths 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. Additionally, data from countries are continuously updated by WHO to incorporate changes in reported COVID-19 cases and deaths made by countries retrospectively.

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Protect yourself and others from COVID-19

If COVID-19 is spreading in your community, stay safe by taking some simple precautions, such as physical distancing, wearing a mask, keeping rooms well ventilated, avoiding crowds, cleaning your hands, and coughing into a bent elbow or tissue.

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What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:

Fever, Dry cough, Fatigue

Other symptoms that are less common and may affect some patients include:

Loss of taste or smell, Nasal congestion, Conjunctivitis (also known as red eyes) Sore throat, Headache, Muscle or joint pain, Different types of skin rash, Nausea or vomiting, Diarrhea, Chills or dizziness.

Symptoms of severe COVID‐19 disease include:

Shortness of breath, Loss of appetite, Confusion, Persistent pain or pressure in the chest, High temperature (above 38 °C).

Other less common symptoms are: Irritability, Confusion, Reduced consciousness (sometimes associated with seizures), Anxiety, Depression, Sleep disorders, More severe and rare neurological complications such as strokes, brain inflammation, delirium and nerve damage.

People of all ages who experience fever and/or cough associated with difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, chest pain or pressure, or loss of speech or movement should seek medical care immediately. If possible, call your health care provider, hotline or health facility first, so you can be directed to the right clinic.

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