Globally, nearly 20 million new cases and over 114 000 deaths were reported in the last 28 days (2 to 29 January 2023), a decrease of 78% and an increase of 65%, respectively, compared to the previous 28 days. As of 29 January 2023, over 753 million confirmed cases and over 6.8 million deaths have been reported globally.
From this report onwards, we present changes in epidemiological trends using a 28-day interval. This helps to smooth out weekly fluctuations in case numbers and provides a clearer picture of where the pandemic is accelerating or decelerating.
In this edition, we include:
• The COVID-19 epidemiological update at the global and regional levels
• An update on the circulating SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern (VOCs) and Omicron subvariants under monitoring
• An update on hospitalizations and ICU admissions related to COVID-19