There is global drop in Covid-19 cases – WHO

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The World Health Organisation WHO, said the number of new COVID-19 cases across the world has seen its biggest fall in more than two months.

According to the body, from the previous four million new infections last week, the global record dropped to 3.6 million.

The most COVID cases were seen in the UK, US, India, Turkey, and the Philippines.

In its latest update on the pandemic, the WHO said two regions saw a major decrease in fresh cases – a 22% fall in the Middle East and a 16% drop in South East Asia.

The UN health agency added there were just under 60,000 deaths in the past week, a 7% decline.

It said that while South East Asia reported a 30% decrease in COVID deaths, the Western Pacific region reported a 7% increase.

In the UK, government figures showed that in the seven days to 21 September, there had been 217,579 positive cases – a weekly fall of 5.7%. Deaths were up nearly 5% to 1,009.

Latest daily figures released on Wednesday showed 34,460 new cases and another 166 deaths

The WHO said the fast-spreading Delta variant has been registered in 185 countries and is present in every part of the world.

It also revised its list of “variants of interest” – those that it believes have the potential to cause big outbreaks.

The agency is tracking the Lambda and Mu variants, which both arose in Latin America but have yet to cause widespread epidemics.

The WHO has previously said that in all countries where the Delta variant is circulating, it has become the predominant form of COVID-19.

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