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Coronavirus [COVID-19] – WHO
Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)


Weekly Epidemiological and Operational updates
Last update: 2 Oct 2021
Confirmed cases :: 233 503 524 [230 418 451 week ago]
Confirmed deaths :: 4 777 503 [4 724 876 week ago]
Vaccine doses administered: 6 143 369 655 [5 874 934 542 week ago]



Weekly epidemiological update on COVID-19 – 28 September 2021
Globally, the numbers of weekly COVID-19 cases and deaths continued to decline. Over 3.3 million new cases and over 55 000 new deaths were reported during the week of 20 – 26 September 2021, decreases of 10% as compared to the previous week for both cases and deaths. The largest decrease in new weekly cases was reported from the Eastern Mediterranean Region (17%), followed by the Western Pacific Region (15%), the Region of the Americas (14%), the African Region (12%) and the South-East Asia Region (10%); while weekly cases in the European Region were similar to the previous week. The cumulative number of confirmed cases reported globally is now over 231 million and the cumulative number of deaths is more than 4.7 million.
In this edition, two special focus updates are provided on:
:: Approaches to determining waning COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness
:: SARS-CoV-2 Variants of Concern (VOCs) Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta which includes updates on the geographic distribution of VOCs


Summary of the COVID-19 Weekly Operational Update
The Weekly Operational Update (WOU) is a report provided by the COVID-19 Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan (SPRP) monitoring and evaluation team which aims to update on the ongoing global progress against the COVID-19 SPRP 2021 framework.
In this week’s edition of the COVID-19 Weekly Operational Update, published on 28 September, highlights of country-level actions and WHO support to countries include:
Delivering 2 million syringes for Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 vaccination drive
Shipment of WHO life-saving medical supplies to Kabul, Afghanistan with support from Qatar
WHO logistics hub airlifts largest single shipment of humanitarian cargo to Ethiopia
WHO/Europe and Germany support children with disabilities in Belarus
Rebooting COVID-19 response strategy and measures in Cambodia
Expanding capacity for Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) in the African Region
External Quality Assessment for laboratories testing for SARS-CoV-2
Testing Rapid Response Mobile Laboratories (RRML) deployment procedures and minimum standards in first virtual tabletop (V-TTX) exercise for RRML/GOARN
Connecting countries to share experiences and learnings from their COVID-19 vaccine roll-out using the mini-cPIE (COVID-19 vaccination Intra-Action Review) process
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.