WHO reports drop in new COVID-19 infections across the world

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Nearly four million COVID-19 cases were reported globally last week, the World Health Organization said, marking the first major drop in new infections in more than two months. In recent weeks, nearly 4.4 million new COVID-19 cases have been reported.

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In its weekly update released on Tuesday, the United Nations health agency said that every region of the world saw a decline in COVID-19 cases compared to the previous week.

Although the number of deaths worldwide declined to around 62,000, deaths in Africa increased by seven percent, with the sharpest decline in Southeast Asia. The highest number of cases were reported in the US, UK, India, Iran and Turkey, and the highly contagious delta variant has now been reported in 180 countries.

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The WHO also said that children and adolescents are less affected by COVID-19 than adults, adding that deaths of people under 24 due to the disease account for less than 0.5 per cent of Granthshala deaths.

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The WHO has previously said that children should not be given priority for COVID-19 vaccination given the acute shortage of vaccines globally.

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