Last week, about 4 million coronavirus infections were reported worldwide, according to the World Health Organization, the first major decline in new cases in more than two months. In recent weeks, some 4.4 million new cases of COVID-19 have been registered.
All regions of the world saw a decline in infections compared to the previous week, the United Nations health agency said in its weekly update on Tuesday.
Although the global death toll fell to about 62,000, with the biggest decline in Southeast Asia, there was a 7% increase in deaths in Africa. The highest numbers of cases were recorded in the United States, Britain, India, Iran and Turkey, and the contagious delta variant of the virus has already been identified in 180 countries.
Children and adolescents continue to be less affected by COVID-19 than adults, the WHO noted. Deaths of children under 24 years of age from the disease account for less than 0.5% of global deaths.
The WHO had said before that vaccinating children against COVID-19 should not be prioritized given the extreme shortage of vaccines in the world.