The number of reported new COVID-19 cases worldwide decreased by nearly a quarter last week, continuing a decline since the end of March.
The Geneva-based World Health Organization said in its weekly report that nearly 5.59 million cases were reported between April 11 and 17, 24 per cent fewer than in the previous week.
The number of reported deaths dropped by 21 per cent to 18,215.
WHO said new cases declined in every region, though only by two per cent in the Americas.
The agency said "these trends should be interpreted with caution as several countries are progressively changing their COVID-19 testing strategies, resulting in lower overall numbers of tests performed and consequently lower numbers of cases detected".
The countries with the highest reported case numbers last week were South Korea, with more than 972,000, France with more than 827,000 and Germany with in excess of 769,000, WHO said.
The highest numbers of new deaths were reported by the United States, with 3076.
Russia announced 1784, while South Korea registered 1671.
More than 502 million cases of COVID-19 and nearly 6.2 million deaths related to the virus have been reported since the pandemic began at the end of 2019.