Coronavirus: What’s happening around the world on Wednesday – CBC

‘The threat is not over anywhere until it’s over everywhere,’ WHO boss says in Tokyo

Jul 21, 2021

The World Health Organization says there were more than 3.4 million new global cases of the coronavirus last week, a 12 per cent increase from the previous week.

The UN health agency said that after a “steady decline for over two months” the number of weekly deaths reported was “similar to the previous week, with almost 57 000 deaths reported.

Health officials noted in the report that the highest increases in COVID-19 cases were in the western Pacific and European regions. In the past week, WHO says the highest coronavirus infections were in Indonesia, Britain, Brazil, India and the U.S.

“At this rate, it is expected that the cumulative number of cases reported globally could exceed 200 million in the next three weeks,” the WHO said.

The report said the increased transmission of the virus is driven by new variants, the relaxation of COVID-19 protocols and the large number of people still susceptible to the coronavirus, despite rising vaccination rates in some countries.

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