Sumary of Coronavirus: What’s happening around the world on July 21:
- The latest:The World Health Organization (WHO) 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.
- 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,” WHO said.
- (Yirmiyan Arthur/The Associated Press) 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.
- The more transmissible delta variant, which was first reported in India, has now been identified in 124 countries, the weekly report said, an increase of 13 countries.
- Of the more than three billion vaccine doses administered globally, only about one per cent have gone to people in poorer nations.
- WATCH | Olympic restrictions at odds with life in Tokyo: What’s happening around the world As of Wednesday, more than 191.9 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, according to a database maintained by Johns Hopkins University.
- The reported global death toll stood at more than 4.1 million.