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August 26, 2021

GlobalData Epidemiologist Report: Global Covid cases pass 214 million as Middle East suffers resurgence

By Paul Dennis

26 August

Globally, the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 have reached over 214,091,000, with more than 4,467,000 deaths reported.

The Middle East is amidst a resurgence in Covid-19 cases.

In Iran, both daily confirmed cases and deaths are trending upwards, with daily deaths close to or exceeding 700 in recent days.

With a total of over 4,796,000 cases since the pandemic began, Iran is eleventh in the world for Covid-19 cases.

In Lebanon, hospitals are struggling with an influx of Covid-19 cases, the outbreak there compounded by the country’s economic crisis.

Although the recent peak in cases has not reached levels seen earlier in the pandemic, shortages in hospital staff and a low vaccination rate (15%) may continue to hamper Lebanon’s ability to control the pandemic.

With over 20,645,000 total confirmed Covid-19 cases, Brazil is third worldwide for total cases and second for total deaths, but daily confirmed cases and deaths have been trending downwards since late July.

Similar patterns are seen for other South American countries, including Argentina and Colombia, which are also among the top ten countries for total confirmed cases.

However, the level of fully vaccinated individuals is approximately 27% in all three countries, and vaccination rates in South America remain relatively low.

In response, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is launching a new effort to boost regional vaccine uptake in Latin America, which will help prevent future outbreaks in a region that has already suffered greatly during the pandemic.

Shaina Stacy, PhD, MPH, Senior Epidemiologist at GlobalData

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