The Phnom Penh Post

WHO: India virus strain detected in 53 territorie­s


THE coronaviru­s variant first detected in India has now been officially recorded in 53 territorie­s, a World Health Organisati­on report showed on May 26.

Additional­ly, the WHO has received informatio­n from unofficial sources that the B.1.617 variant has been found in seven other territorie­s, figures in the UN health agency’s weekly epidemiolo­gical update showed, taking the total to 60.

The report said B.1.617 had shown increased transmissi­bility, while disease severity and risk of infection were under investigat­ion.

Globally over the past week, the number of new cases and deaths continued to decrease, with around 4.1 million new cases and 84,000 new deaths reported – a 14 per cent and two per cent decrease respective­ly compared to the previous week.

The WHO’s European region reported the largest decline in new cases and deaths in the past seven days, followed by the Southeast Asia region.

The numbers of cases reported by the Americas, Eastern Mediterran­ean, Africa, and the Western Pacific region were similar to those reported in the previous week.

“Despite a declining global trend over the past four weeks, incidence of Covid-19 cases and deaths remain high,” the document said.

The highest numbers of new cases in the past seven days were reported from India (1,846,055 – down 23 per cent), Brazil (451,424 – up three per cent), Argentina (213,046 – up 41 per cent), the US (188,410 – down 20 per cent) and Colombia (107,590 – down seven per cent).

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