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Global weekly toll up 43% as India adjusts old fatalities: WHO

Deaths from Covid-19 last week rose by 43 percent, driven by factors including ‘retrospective adjustments’ reported from India in the South-East Asia Region, the World Health Organisation said on Wednesday. The Covid-19 Weekly Epidemiological Update revealed that between the end of January and early March 2022, there was a decreasing trend in the number of new Covid-19 cases, which was followed by two consecutive weeks of increases in cases. During the week of March 21 through 27, 2022, the number of new cases declined again with a 14 percent decrease as compared to the previous week. However, during the same period, the number of new weekly deaths increased, also by changes in the definition of Covid-19 deaths in some countries in the Region of the Americas (Chile and the US).

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