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August 17, 2021

GlobalData Epidemiologist Report: Covid Delta variant pushes global infections towards 208 million

By Paul Dennis

17 August

Globally, the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 have reached over 207,882,000, with more than 4,371,000 deaths and over 143,880,000 recoveries reported.

The US, India, and Brazil remain the top three countries for total confirmed cases of Covid-19, with the US reporting the highest number of daily confirmed cases out of all countries, with over 130,000.

Immediately following the US are Iran and India with over 38,000 and 36,000 daily confirmed cases.

Iran has set a new national record for Covid-19 related deaths with over 655 reported yesterday, as the rate of transmission continues to rise with 26% more daily confirmed cases than two weeks ago.

In response to these trends, government officials have closed all non-essential businesses for the following week.

While this response may help reduce transmission, only 3.8% of individuals in Iran are fully vaccinated.

Therefore, these measures may not be enough to appreciably reduce mortality in the near future given the effectiveness of vaccines at preventing death, even against the Delta variant.

The country of Georgia currently has reached an all-time high since last December, with over 6,000 daily confirmed cases reported.

This widespread community transmission has forced the government to issue several restrictions to prevent new infections.

In major cities, 100% of new cases in the past week have been linked to the Delta variant, compared to 80% in the rest of the country.

These numbers highlight the high virulence of the variant, as only couple of months ago the Delta variant made up only 15-20% of daily confirmed cases in Georgia.

Walter Gabriel, MPH, Epidemiologist at GlobalData Plc.

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