WHO warns global Covid-19 cases could exceed 200 million in three weeks

Geneva, Jul 21 (EFE).- The World Health Organization on Wednesday said the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases reported globally could exceed 200 million in the next three weeks with the virus surging in countries like Indonesia.

Indonesia reported the highest number of new coronavirus cases over the past week, with 350,273 new cases reported and a 44% increase since the previous week, the WHO said in its

its latest weekly epidemiological report.

Global cases increased by 12% during the week from July 12 to 18, with 3.4 million new cases reported.

All regions apart from Africa and the Americas reported an increase in cases since the previous week, with the highest in the Western Pacific Region, which recorded a 30% increase, followed by the European Region with a 21% increase.

Deaths increased in the South-East Asia and Western Pacific Regions by 12% and 10% respectively, while other regions reported a similar number of deaths to the previous week.

The Region of Americas is the only region that reported a decrease in the number of deaths linked to Covid-19 with 6% less reported deaths compared to the week before.

The highest number of cases were reported in Indonesia, Brazil, the United States, India and the United Kingdom.

The WHO has linked the increase in cases to the spread of new variants, relaxation of measures that limit social interaction to curb contagion and increase in gatherings.EFE


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