Global coronavirus cases increase after 2-month decline, says WHO

Geneva, Jun 30 (EFE).- The global weekly coronavirus cases reversed a 2-month decline, driven by the Delta variant, which has spread in nearly 100 countries including in the African continent, Russia, Brazil and the United Kingdom.

A total of 2.6 million cases were reported between 21 and 27 June, a 2% increase compared to the previous week, the weekly report of the World Health Organization showed on Wednesday.

While the weekly cases dropped by around 6% and 1% in South, East Asia and America respectively, they increased in Africa, Europe and the Middle East by 34%, 10% and 13% respectively.

The global Covid-19 deaths, however, continued its downward trend last week with 57,600 fatalities, which represents a 10% decrease compared to the previous week.

Despite the worldwide drop, Covid-19 deaths in Africa swelled by 34% over the past week, yet they account for less than 5% of the global death toll.

The more contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus, originated in India, has spread across 96 countries, 11 more than the previous report.

Lifting the preventive measures in many countries could be risky without proper planning, the organization said. EFE


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