COVID-19: Cases stabilize globally and continue to rise in Europe



Cases of COVID-19 in the world reached 2.7 million last week, a slight decrease of 4% compared to the previous seven days, while deaths only fell 2%, which shows a stabilization of the pandemic after several weeks of decline.

This is the seventh consecutive week of decline in cases and deaths, although with a noticeable slowdown, since in previous weeks there were decreases of up to 9% in infections, according to data provided today by the World Health Organization (WHO).

In addition, around 20.54 million doses are inoculated around the world each day.

Europe has seen an increase in cases for two weeks in a row, due to waves in countries such as Russia or the United Kingdom, and it is already the region with the most infections, 1.3 million last week, which represented a growth of 7% compared to the previous period.

It is followed by far America, with 816 thousand cases (14% less), South Asia with 214 thousand (-13%) and East Asia with 210 thousand (-16 percent).

The American continent, however, is the one that registered the most deaths last week, with more than 18 thousand (a decrease of 1%), although in Europe almost the same figure was reached and deaths rose 4% compared to the previous period.

The United States continues to be the country with the most absolute cases (582 thousand last week), although these fell by 11%, while in second place the United Kingdom reported 283 thousand positives, 14% more than in the previous week.

The WHO stressed that the Delta variant, present in more than 190 countries, remains the dominant one, while the other three that the organization has monitored this year (Alpha, Beta and Gamma) are reducing their presence.

“Given its high transmission capacity, it has surpassed other variants in most countries,” indicated the WHO, which pointed out that in America there is still a significant presence of the gamma variants (first detected in Brazil) and mu (Colombia).

So far, more than 6.7 billion anticovid vaccines have been administered, meaning that 47.8% of the global population has received at least one dose.

Around 20.54 million doses are inoculated in the world every day, a rate that however does not prevent that in low-income countries the percentage of people with at least one inoculation is only 2.8%, according to data from health networks nationals.

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