Weekly epidemiological update - 9 March 2021

Data as received by WHO from national authorities, as of 7 March 2021, 10 am CET


Over 2.7 million new COVID-19 cases were reported last week, a 2% increase compared to the previous week. The global case increase was driven by increases in the Eastern Mediterranean (10%), African Region (10%), and Europe (4%), while small declines were seen in the Americas (-2%), South-East Asia (-2%) and Western Pacific regions (-6%).

 In this edition, special focus updates are provided on:

  • Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System – best practices for integrating influenza and COVID-19 sentinel surveillance 
  • SARS-CoV-2 sero-epidemiology in Kenya 
  • SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern


WHO Team
Emergency Response