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June 24, 2021

GlobalData Epidemiologist Report: Global Covid cases approach 180 million

By Paul Dennis

24 June

Globally, the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 have reached over 179,639,000, with more than 3,892,000 deaths and over 130,037,000 recoveries reported.

The US, India, and Brazil occupy the first, second, and third positions, respectively for total confirmed Covid-19 cases.

Weekly cases reported in India and the US have declined, but Brazil’s seven-week average cases reported have increased by 7% and yesterday Brazil reported 87,822 cases.

This is equivalent to 24% of this week’s global seven-day average cases reported.

US weekly cases have declined by 12% since last week, and on Monday reported deaths dipped below 300 for the first time since March 2020.

Despite this, concerns around the prevalence of the new Delta variant continue to grow.

Dr. Anthony Fauci revealed that the variant accounted for 20.6% of Covid-19 samples sequenced in the two weeks leading up to 19 June, describing the variant as the ‘greatest threat’ to the country’s efforts to quell the pandemic.

In many European countries, including France, Italy, and Germany, reported cases are in decline compared to last week; however, the UK has reported a 44% case increase, Portugal has reported a 35% case increase and Spain’s seven-day case numbers remain unchanged from the previous week.

Following the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)’s prediction that the Delta variant will make up 90% of cases in member states by the end of August, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that all travellers from the UK into the union should be quarantined upon arrival.

Zoë Nicolaou, Intern in Epidemiology at GlobalData

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