The World Health Organization (WHO) reported 4 million case of COVID-19 , reflecting the first sharp decline in more than two months. In recent weeks, there have been around 4.4 million cases.
All regions of the world have reported a drop in new infections compared to the previous week, according to WHO 's latest COVID-19 weekly epidemiological update , published September 14. Nonetheless, the United States, United Kingdom, India, Iran and Turkey contributed to the highest number of new cases reported. New deaths reported globally also declined over the previous week, to 62,000 deaths, although Africa reported a 7% increase in weekly deaths.
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The highly transmissible delta variant, dominant in the United States, was detected in six more countries during the previous week, bringing the total to 180 countries.
Children and teens infected with COVID-19 typically face milder course of the disease, but more research is needed to determine if the delta variant and other variants will alter the severity of the disease, the WHO noted. As of September 6, deaths in an age group under 24 accounted for 0.6% of all reported COVID-related deaths globally. Younger age groups may experience persistent symptoms after infection, or what's known as "long-term COVID ", but ongoing research is examining its frequency and characteristics, as well as a rare inflammatory disease linked to COVID in children, according to the WHO.
At least 42% of the world's population has received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and nearly 32 million doses are administered each day, according to the latest figures from Our World in Data , while 74% of all Americans aged 12 and over, or eligible for the vaccine, have received at least one dose, with over 63% of them fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Over the past week, the World Health Organization , WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, appealed to rich countries with large supplies of coronavirus vaccines to refrain from offering reminders until the end of the year, expanding a call that has largely fallen on deaf ears. The pandemic will not end until enough vaccine reaches the world's population, the agency has long reiterated, with the goal of seeing 70% of populations vaccinated in all countries by mid-year. 2022.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.