For the first time in the last two months, and since the delta variant generated a third wave of the pandemic in some countries, The World Health Organization (WHO) reported a major drop among global covid-19 cases. According to the agency, in the week between September 6 and 12, 3.9 million infections were reported, which represents a drop of thirteen percent compared to the previous seven days.
WHO noted that there were decreases in cases in all regions of the planet, especially in America, with a 17 percent drop in cases (1.4 million), in South Asia (-16%) and in Africa and the Middle East (-15%). In Europe, the second region with the most cases, infections fell 5 percent and last week they were 1.1 million, while in East Asia the drop was 8 percent, with less than half a million cases.
The United States remains the country with the most weekly cases registered (one million last week), followed by the United Kingdom (256,000), India (248,000), Iran (172,000) and Turkey (158,000).
In the accumulated since the beginning of the pandemic, global cases amount to 225 million, of which 86 million were in the Americas, 67 million in Europe and 42 million in South Asia, the three areas hardest hit by COVID-19.
The deaths from covid-19 in the same period also fell globally, by 7 percent, and in absolute figures they were more than 62,000, so the total since the beginning of the health crisis exceeds 4.6 million deaths (2.1 million in America and 1.2 million in Europe).
Regarding the vaccination campaign, More than 5.7 billion doses have already been administered worldwide, at a rate of 33 million per day, and more than 40 percent of the world’s population received at least one. This percentage, however, does not reach 2 percent in low-income countries, according to figures from health networks.