COVID-19 deaths and cases on the rise again around the world – .

COVID-19 deaths and cases on the rise again around the world – .

Deaths and COVID-19 cases are on the rise again around the world in a disheartening setback that triggers another round of restrictions and dampens hopes for a near-normal summer of fun.

The World Health Organization reported on Wednesday that deaths had risen last week after nine straight weeks of decline. It recorded more than 55,000 deaths, a 3% increase from the previous week. Cases rose 10% last week to nearly 3 million, the WHO said.

In its weekly report, the United Nations health agency said the largest number of new cases were in Brazil, India, Indonesia and Britain. The WHO has said the most contagious delta variant has now been identified in 111 countries since it was first detected in India and the mutant version is expected to become globally dominant in the coming months.

Amid the outbreak, the total death toll in hard-hit Argentina has approached 100,000. Daily coronavirus deaths in Russia have reached record highs this week. In Belgium, COVID-19 infections, driven by the delta variant among young people, have almost doubled in the past week. Britain has recorded a day-long total of more than 40,000 new cases for the first time in six months.

In the United States, with one of the highest vaccination rates in the world, new confirmed infections per day have doubled in the past two weeks to an average of around 24,000, although deaths are still on a downward trajectory to around 260 per day.

Los Angeles County, the most populous county in the United States, reported its fifth consecutive day of more than 1,000 new cases on Tuesday.

Tokyo is under a fourth state of emergency ahead of this month’s Summer Games. Experts said the number of cases could exceed 1,000 before the Olympics and multiply to thousands during the games.

The spike has resulted in additional restrictions in places like Sydney, Australia, where the 5 million residents will remain locked up until at least the end of July, two more weeks than expected. South Korea has placed its capital region under its strictest distancing rules yet due to the record number of cases.

Chicago officials announced Tuesday that unvaccinated travelers from Missouri and Arkansas must either self-quarantine for 10 days or test negative for COVID-19.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called for passengers on buses and trains to be required to wear masks even after other restrictions in England are lifted next week.

The WHO has acknowledged that many countries now face “considerable pressure” to lift all remaining precautions, but warned that not doing it the right way would only give the virus a higher chance of spreading.

In the United States, pressure is mounting to increase vaccinations to counter the rise. Eighteen-year-old actress and singer Olivia Rodrigo had planned to meet with President Joe Biden and Dr.Anthony Fauci on Wednesday in a bid to persuade young adults to get vaccinated.

Nearly 160 million Americans have been fully immunized, or more than 55% of the population, but young adults have shown less interest.

Ohio plans to announce another award program to boost its vaccination rate, and Gov. Mike DeWine urged the government to give full vaccine approval instead of just emergency clearance to allay doubts people.

“It will help us in Ohio and across the country get more people vaccinated,” he said.


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