Geneva, Jul 7 (EFE).- The Covid-19 death toll has broken the four million barrier, World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom warned Wednesday, expressing concern over the rampant infection rates in numerous regions of the world.
“We have just passed the tragic milestone of four million recorded COVID-19 deaths, which likely underestimates the overall toll,” said Adhanom.
“At this stage in the pandemic, the fact that millions of health and care workers have still not been vaccinated is abhorrent.”
He stressed that “far too many countries” are seeing sharp spikes in cases across the world, powered by fast moving variants, “shocking” inequity in Covid-19 vaccines and vaccine nationalism.
Global Covid-19 infections have continued to increase for the second consecutive week, with over 2.6 million recorded cases, 3% more than the previous week.
In the period from 28 June to 4 July, roughly 54,000 deaths by Covid-19 were reported, 7% less than the previous week and the lowest figure since October 2020.
However, infection rates ballooned across the board, with the exception of the Americas, which alongside South-East Asia is also spared from an increase in the number of deaths reported worldwide, in comparison to the previous week.
The African continent is one of the most affected due to a lack of vaccines, as its Covid-19 deaths soared by 23% and infections grew by 15%.
In Europe, contagion increased by 30% while deaths rose by 6%.
The countries with the highest infection rates in the past week were Brazil, India, Colombia, Indonesia and the United Kingdom. EFE