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COVID-19 infections on the rise, Delta variant spreads to 132 countries |

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In the last week, global #COVID19 cases INCREASED by ~6.5% & deaths INCREASED by ~20.6% Last week >69,000 people died. This is an absolute travesty because we can prevent deaths.

Think this pandemic is over? Think again. Regional overview 

If these trends continue, WHO noted that the cumulative number of cases reported globally could exceed 200 million in the next two weeks.  Regionally, South-East Asia also reported an increase in new infections, albeit at a much lower rate of three per cent, compared to the previous seven days.  

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WHO said that over the seven days, the highest number of new cases was reported in the United States, which saw more than half a million new infections, representing a skyrocketing 131 per cent increase.  The number of new deaths increased in all regions apart from Europe, where fatalities were similar to the previous week. 

The global total of 194,608,040 confirmed COVID-19 includes 4.1 million deaths.   As of Monday, almost 3.7 billion vaccine doses have been administered.  This was followed by Brazil – 324,334 new cases; Indonesia – 289,029 new cases; the United Kingdom – 282,920 new cases; and India – 265,836 new cases. 

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