Weekly operational update on COVID-19 – 4 August 2021

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Weekly operational update on COVID-19 – 4 August 2021
Overview
In this edition of the COVID-19 Weekly Operational Update, highlights of country-level actions and WHO support to countries include:
Supporting COVID-19 emergency preparedness and response in Thailand
Supporting treatment of COVID-19 patients across Yemen
Facilitating the implementation of Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) assays to detect SARS-CoV-2 variants in Ukraine
More than one million COVID-19 vaccines arrive in Lao People’s Democratic Republic through the COVAX Facility
Driving COVID-19 vaccine uptake in Ghana’s hard-to-reach communities
Progress on a subset of indicators from the SPRP 2021 Monitoring and Evaluation Framework
Updates on WHO’s financing to support countries in SPRP 2021 implementation and provision of critical supplies.

Weekly epidemiological update on COVID-19 – 3 August 2021
Overview
Globally, weekly cases have been increasing for more than a month, with over 4 million cases reported in the past week. An average of over 570 000 cases were reported each day over the past week as compared to a little over     540 000 cases reported daily the week before. This increasing trend is largely attributed to substantial increases in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Western Pacific Regions which reported a 37% and 33% increase respectively as compared to the previous week. Overall, the number of deaths reported this week decreased by 8% as compared to the previous week, with over 64 000 deaths reported. However, the Western Pacific Region and the Eastern Mediterranean Region showed a sharp increase in new deaths as compared to the previous week, 48% and 31% respectively. The cumulative number of cases reported globally is now nearly 197 million and the number of cumulative deaths has reached 4.2 million.

In this edition, a special focus updates are provided on:
SARS-CoV-2 Variants of Concern (VOCs) Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta which includes updates on the geographic distribution of VOCs.