The number of COVID-19 deaths worldwide is on the rise — climbing by 11 percent compared to the previous week, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.
More than 71,000 people died from the virus in a week-long period that ended on Monday, according to the UN agency.
Every region recorded an increase in deaths except for Africa, which had a 20 percent decrease compared to the previous week, the organization said.
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Southeast Asia reported the largest spike with a 46 percent jump in fatalities, as India recorded at least 3,071 deaths, according to the report.
Brazil led the world as the country with the highest number of deaths, as 21,094 people died last week from the virus.
The US followed with more than 7,536 deaths, an 8 percent increase, the agency said.