According to Reuters statistics, there were more than 200 million coronavirus cases worldwide on Wednesday because the more contagious Delta variant threatens areas with low vaccination rates and strained healthcare systems.
The surge in global cases highlights the widening gap in vaccination rates between rich and poor countries. Cases are increasing in approximately one-third of the world’s countries, and many of them have not even vaccinated half of the population with the first dose.
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday called for a moratorium on COVID-19 vaccine boosters until at least 10% of the population in every country was vaccinated. (Graphic on global vaccinations) tmsnrt.rs/3tUM8ta
“We need an urgent reversal, from the majority of vaccines going to high-income countries, to the majority going to low-income countries,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
The Delta variant is upending all assumptions about the virus and roiling economies, with disease experts scrambling to find whether the latest version of coronavirus is making people, especially unvaccinated individuals, sicker than before.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 2.6% of the world’s population has been infected. Due to limited testing in many places, the true number may be higher. According to Reuters analysis, if a country is calculated based on the number of infections, it will become the eighth most populous country in the world, second only to Nigeria. (Global case and death chart) tmsnrt.rs/34pvUyi
Analysis shows that it took more than a year for COVID-19 cases to reach the 100 million mark, and the next 100 million cases were reported in just over six months. The pandemic has caused nearly 4.4 million deaths.
The countries with the most reported cases in an average of seven days—the United States, Brazil, Indonesia, India, and Iran—account for approximately 38% of the world’s daily reported cases.
The United States accounts for one-seventh of the reported infections worldwide. The number of hospitalized COVID patients in states with low vaccination rates such as Florida and Louisiana in the United States has reached a record high, even though 70% of adults in the United States have been vaccinated at least once. The head of a hospital in Louisiana warned that this was the “darkest day” so far.
According to the White House COVID-19 Response Team, unvaccinated people account for nearly 97% of severe cases.