More than 200 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported worldwide as of Wednesday, with the highest number of infections in the United States, India and Brazil, according to independent Johns Hopkins University statistics.
After 5:30 p.m. [hora local no leste dos Estados Unidos, 21:30 TMG]The American University record indicated a total of 200,031,896 infections worldwide.
The number of cases globally has taken a little more than six months to double, since last January 26, 100 million cases of the Covid-19 virus have been reached, according to the same source.
In other words, 200 million infections were recorded in half the time of the first 100 million, and this previous milestone was reached more than a year after the original COVID-19 cases were discovered in Wuhan (China) in December 2019.
The new achievement comes at a time of growing global concern about the spread of the delta type of the new coronavirus, which is transmitted twice as much as the original virus that caused the pandemic and could lead to more hospitalization.
The World Health Organization (WHO) warned last week that COVID-19 infections doubled in the past month in five of its six geographical regions, mainly due to the spread of the delta variant, which is already present in nearly 124 countries.
Although the vaccination campaign has slowed the rise in infections in recent months in many rich countries, inequality in global access to vaccines, along with the expansion of the delta variable, has caused disastrous cases in countries with less resources.
According to data from Johns Hopkins, the United States remains the most affected country, with a total of 35.3 million, followed by India (31.7 million), Brazil (19.9 million), Russia (6,2 million), France (6.2 million) and the United Kingdom (5.9 million). and Turkey (5.8 million).
It is followed by Argentina (4.9 million), Colombia (4.8 million) and Spain (4.5 million).
The COVID-19 epidemic has killed at least 4,247,231 worldwide, among more than 199.5 million cases of the new coronavirus, since the World Health Organization discovered the disease in China in late December 2019, according to an AFP balance based on official data. .
In Portugal, since the beginning of the epidemic, in March 2020, 17,412 people died and 977,406 cases of infection were recorded, according to the Directorate General of Health.
The respiratory disease is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which was discovered in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China, and currently with variants identified in countries such as the United Kingdom, India, South Africa, Brazil and Peru.
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