Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Weekly Epidemiological Update (25 January 2023) – World
Global overview Data as of 22 January 2023
Globally, nearly 1.9 million new cases and over 12 000 deaths were reported in the week of 16 to 22 January 2023 (Figure 1, Table 1). In the last 28 days (26 December 2022 to 22 January 2023), over 11 million cases and over 55 000 new deaths were reported globally – a decrease of 25% and an increase of 13%, respectively, compared to the previous 28 days. Since early December, reported deaths have been increasing and the reported deaths do not yet include the 72 596 COVID-19 related hospital deaths announced by China (excluding Hong Kong special administrative region (SAR), Macao SAR, and Taiwan) for the period of 8 December 2022 to 19 January 20231,2, as we await detailed data disaggregated by week of reporting. As of 22 January 2023, over 664 million confirmed cases and over 6.7 million deaths have been reported globally. Additional information about the COVID-19 situation in China is presented in Annex 2.
Weekly and monthly trends need to be interpreted carefully considering the reduction in testing and delays in reporting in many countries during recent holidays. Therefore, data presented in this report, especially for the most recent weeks, are incomplete, and any decreasing trends may change as updated information is incorporated.