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According to World Health Organization (WHO), the number of worldwide Covid-19 deaths jumped to 21% over the past week. The UN health agency, in its weekly epidemiological update, stated that most of the deaths were reported in America and Southeast Asia, and added that the cumulative deaths have reached over 4 million.

The report stated that the highest numbers of deaths per 100,000 population over the past week were observed in the American and South-East Asia Regions, which reported 2.8 and 1.1 new deaths per 100,000 population, respectively.

The report also added that 540,000 daily infections were reported on average over the past week which indicates an 8% increase in the total Covid-19 cases across the globe. The UN health agency said that if these trends continue, the cumulative number of cases reported globally could exceed 200 million in the next two weeks.

As per the report, the biggest number of new Covid-19 cases were reported in the US, Brazil, Indonesia, Britain, and India over the past week. Indonesia and Britain reported a decline in cases, however, Brazil and America reported an increase. A negligible change was observed in India’s Covid-19 cases.

According to the report, The delta variant has spread to eight new countries and has been detected in 132 countries.

WHO has said that though studies have shown a reduction in neutralization against variants, it does not directly correlate with reduced vaccine efficacy. UN agency has also stated that there is currently no known threshold of neutralization below which vaccines stop working. UN agency added that some vaccines produce higher neutralizing antibody concentrations, so a reduction will “likely have a lesser effect” on the vaccine efficacy.

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