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WHO: Global coronavirus cases exceed 200 million

Geneva, Aug 8 (EFE).- Global coronavirus cases have exceeded 200 million, but infection rates are stabilizing and falling away from April’s record levels according to the World Health Organization.

The death toll stands at 4.2 million, including 45,000 deaths reported this week.

Numbers of weekly cases have been rising since mid-June, while deaths decreased between 27 July-1 August, after three consecutive weeks on the rise.

Since late July, weekly infections have seen a slight drop in Europe and the Americas, the worst-hit regions, although the upward trend continues in Asia.

The curve has been going down for days or even weeks in some of the countries with the most cases, such as Brazil, Argentina, Colombia or Spain.

However, it remains stable or slightly rising in others such as the US, India, Russia, France, Italy or Iran.

The fact that nearly 30 percent of the global population has received at least one dose of the coronavirus and over 15 percent were administered the full course is cause for optimism, the WHO said. EFE

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