The number of new COVID-19 cases continued to decline last week, the World Health Organization said, with 3.6 million new cases reported globally, down from four million new infections last week.
Last week’s decline marked the first significant drop in more than two months, with COVID-19 cases falling in every world region. In its latest update on the pandemic released on Tuesday, the WHO said there had been a large reduction in cases in two regions: a 22 percent drop in the Middle East and a 16 percent drop in Southeast Asia.
The UN health agency said there had been less than 60,000 deaths in the past week, a seven percent drop. It said that while Southeast Asia recorded a 30 per cent reduction in COVID-19 deaths, the Western Pacific recorded a seven per cent increase.
The highest number of coronavirus cases were seen in the US, India, UK, Turkey and the Philippines. The WHO said the rapidly spreading delta variant has now been seen in 185 countries and is present in every part of the world.
The organization also revised its list of “types of interest,” or those it believes have the potential to cause large outbreaks; The WHO said it was tracking lambda and mu variants, both of which originated in Latin America but have not yet caused widespread epidemics.
The WHO has previously said that in all countries where the delta variant is circulating, it has become the dominant strain of the virus.
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