Globally, the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 have reached over 170,771,000, with over 3,551,000 deaths and 120,729,000 recoveries.
The US leads all countries in confirmed Covid-19 cases and deaths as the incidence of new cases continues to decline gradually.
India trails the US by a little over 5 million confirmed Covid-19 cases and is third behind Brazil and the US in total deaths.
Moreover, the seven day average of new cases in India remains above 200,000 even after significant declines in incident cases since early May.
Following the US and India in total cases are Brazil, France, Turkey, Russia, the UK, and Italy, while total deaths follow a similar pattern as Mexico, the UK, Italy, Russia, and France trail the US, Brazil, and India for most Covid-19 deaths.
The WHO announced new naming conventions for variants of concern (VOC) and variants of interest (VOI) on Monday after convening with several stakeholders, country leaders, and experts.
The new naming convention labels the VOCs and VOIs using the Greek alphabet. For example, the B.1.1.7 variant originating in the UK will be named alpha, while the B.1.351 variant originating in South Africa will be named Beta, and P.1 from Brazil will be known as Gamma.
The move is designed to facilitate public conversations regarding the respective variants, but the established nomenclature for SARS-CoV-2 genetic lineages will remain in effect for scientific research.
Walter Gabriel, MPH, Epidemiologist at GlobalData Plc.