(by Stefano Giantin) (ANSA) - BELGRADE, 15 SET - Countries in Central- and Eastern Europe registered a significant rise in new cases in the week ending September 13, while deaths were lower week-on-week, according to data from the WHO weekly epidemiological update, published Monday evening. A total of 70464 new COVID-19 cases (+17.5% compared to last week) and 1068 new deaths (-5.8% week-on-week) were reported by the countries in the Balkans and in Central- and Eastern Europe to the World Health Organization (WHO) in the week ending September 13, bringing the cumulative total of cases to 950093 and of deaths to 27201. Ukraine, but also Czechia, Hungary and Austria recorded a significant increase in new cases of infection last week. The authorities in the Ukraine reported 18441 new cases in the last 7 days compared to 16820 of a week earlier, Czechia 7649 compared to 3658, Hungary 3933 against 2223, Austria 3895 compared to 2119. Romania reported another 8522 infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to over 100,000. According to WHO data, in the past week the countries across Central- and Eastern Europe that reported more new cases were Ukraine (18441) - fifth in Europe after France, Spain, Russia and the United Kingdom - Germany (9443), Romania (8522) and Czechia (7649). The highest number of cumulative cases of COVID-19 in the area was registered in Germany (259428), followed by Ukraine (154335), Romania (102386), Belarus (73975), Poland (73650), Moldova (42714), Czechia (35401), Austria (32951) and Serbia (32300). Currently, Montenegro is the country in the region with the highest rate of cumulative cases per 1 million population (10677 against 4735 in Italy), followed by Moldova (10589), Belarus (7829), Kosovo (7806), North Macedonia (7533), Bosnia-Herzegovina (6783), Romania (5322) and Serbia (4638), while the lowest rate is currently recorded in Latvia (776). The countries across the region that reported more new deaths last week were Ukraine (332), Romania (277), Poland (69), Moldova (55) and Bulgaria (52). In Central- and Eastern Europe, the highest number of deaths from COVID-19 were reported in Germany (9349), Romania (4127), Ukraine (3178), Poland (2182), Moldova (1118), Austria (754), Belarus (744), Serbia (731), and Bulgaria (717). Currently, Kosovo has the highest rate of deaths per 1 million population in the region (311 against 589 in Italy), followed by North Macedonia (310), Moldova (277), Romania (215) and Bosnia-Herzegovina (204), while the lowest rate was recorded in Slovakia (7). In Slovenia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania and in the Western Balkans (Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Albania) 239910 confirmed cases and 8265 deaths were registered as of September 13. (ANSA).