By Asmau Ahmad
The number of COVID-19 infections reported weekly across the globe has increased for the first time since the end of January, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said.
In the second week of March, reported infections were eight per cent higher than in the preceding week.
More than 11 million new coronavirus cases and 43,000 deaths from or with COVID-19 were counted between March 7 to 13.
Climbing case numbers were noted particularly in the western Pacific and Africa regions compared to the previous week, with increases of 29 per cent and 12 per cent respectively.
In Europe there was a weekly increase of two per cent.
Cases dropped in the eastern Mediterranean, south-east Asia and North and South America.
The total number of global coronavirus infections confirmed since the pandemic began has reached 455 million, while six million deaths have been reported.