WORLD More countries, territories report COVID-19 variants: WHO

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More countries, territories report COVID-19 variants: WHO

Xinhua

07:48, August 12, 2021

GENEVA, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- The number of countries, areas or territories reporting various variants of COVID-19 continues to increase after the global number of coronavirus cases surpassed 200 million last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.

A woman wearing a face mask walks past a COVID-19 safety sign in London, Britain, on July 19, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua)

In its latest weekly update on the pandemic issued Wednesday afternoon, the WHO said that globally, cases of the Alpha variant have been reported in 185 countries, territories or areas (hereafter CTAs), 136 CTAs have reported cases of the Beta variant, 81 CTAs have reported cases of the Gamma variant, and 142 CTAs have reported cases of the Delta variant.

On Aug. 5, the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases globally surpassed 200 million, just six months after reaching 100 million cases.

During the past week, according to WHO figures, over 4.2 million new cases and over 65,000 new deaths were reported globally, a slight increase compared to the previous week.

The largest proportionate increases in new cases were reported by the Region of the Americas and the Western Pacific Region, with 1.3 million and over 375,000 new cases reported, respectively.

The WHO added that a substantial increase in the number of new deaths was reported this week in the Western Pacific Region.

Of all the WHO member states and territories, 17 percent reported more than 50 percent increase in new cases as compared to the previous week, and 15 percent registered more than 50 percent rise in new deaths, the WHO noted.

According to the latest WHO weekly update, at the country level, the highest numbers of new cases were reported from the United States of America, with 734,354 new cases or a 35 percent increase compared to the previous week.

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