Weekly epidemiological update on COVID-19 - 4 May 2021

Data as received by WHO from national authorities, as of 10am CET 2 May 2021


For the second successive week, the number of COVID-19 cases globally remains at the highest levels since the beginning of the pandemic with over 5.7 million new weekly cases, following nine consecutive weeks of increases. New deaths continue to increase for the seventh consecutive week, with over 93 000 deaths. The South-East Asia Region continues to report marked increases in both case and death incidences.

In this edition, special focus updates are provided on:

  • World Hand Hygiene Day, 5 May 2021
  • WHO partnership with SeroTracker — synthesizing “real-time” seroprevalence data to support global pandemic response
  • SARS-CoV-2 variants


WHO Team
Emergency Response