During the week 20-26 December, following a gradual increase since October, the global number of new COVID-19 cases increased by 11% as compared to the previous week; while the number of new deaths remained similar to numbers reported during the previous week. This corresponds to just under 5 million new cases and over 44,000 new deaths. As of 26 December, over 278 million cases and just under 5.4 million deaths have been reported globally
In this edition a brief update on the Omicron variant is also provided
Please note, the next issue of the Weekly Epidemiological Update (to be published on 6 January 2022) will be a condensed version covering only the global and regional epidemiology.