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Japan marks world's highest number of weekly COVID cases

Baku, July 28, AZERTAC

The World Health Organization says Japan recorded the highest global number of new coronavirus cases in the seven days through Sunday, according to NHK World-Japan.

The WHO on Wednesday released an update on new COVID-19 cases reported during the week from July 18 to 24.

The report says the number of weekly cases in Japan stood at 969,068 -- an increase of 73 percent from the previous week.

Globally, more than 6.6 million weekly cases were reported, down 3 percent from a week earlier. The WHO says the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants of the Omicron variant continue to be dominant.

The United States saw its weekly cases drop 3 percent to 860,097. Germany confirmed 565,518, a decrease of 16 percent.

However, cases are on the rise in East Asia. Mongolia reported a nearly seven-fold increase from the week before, while South Korea marked an 80-percent rise.

The WHO notes that the actual number of infections may be even higher due to differences in countries' sampling strategies.

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