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As of the 4th, the cumulative number of new coronavirus infections (COVID-19) worldwide exceeded 200 million.
It has been about a year and seven months since December 31, last year, when the World Health Organization (WHO) was known as a ‘pneumonia of unknown cause’ that occurred in Wuhan, China.
Countries rushed to counterattack by speeding up vaccination, but this time the war against Corona entered a new phase as a more contagious delta mutation appeared than the original virus.
◇ Accelerated Corona… 100 million in January → 200 million in August
According to Worldometer, an international statistics site, as of 6:30 a.m. on the 4th, there are 2149,000 cumulative confirmed cases of COVID-19 around the world.
This means that about 2.5% of the world’s population (7.752 billion people) has been confirmed.
The cumulative number of confirmed cases worldwide exceeded 100 million on January 26 this year, and another 100 million increased after half a year.
After the first report, it took more than a year for the cumulative number of confirmed cases to reach 100 million, but after that, it took only half the time for another 100 million to increase.
According to Worldometer, Asia has the highest number of confirmed cases by continent with 62,785,000.
It is followed by Europe (51.83 million people), North America (42,911 thousand people), South America (35,649,000 people), Africa (6861,000 people), and Oceania (109,000 people).
By country, the United States has the highest number of confirmed cases at 36 million.
India (31,767,000 people), Brazil (19985,000 people), Russia (6334,000 people) and France (6178,000 people) are followed in that order.
◇ Counterattack with vaccination… Delta mutation strikes back
As Corona 19 is re-spreading in each country due to the delta mutation, the increase in the number of confirmed cases is expected to accelerate again.
As of the 2nd of last month, the average daily number of new confirmed cases per week was about 601,000, up to 70% of the peak of 826,000 on April 28th.
To date, the world’s cumulative death toll stands at 4,256,000.
By continent, Europe (1136,000 people), South America (1098,000 people), Asia (908,000 people), North America (942,000 people), Africa (173,000 people), Oceania (1,565 people) It was.
By country, the United States (630,000 people), Brazil (558,000 people), India (425,000 people), Mexico (241,000 people) and Peru (196,000 people) had the most deaths.
Meanwhile, according to another international statistical site ‘Our World in Data’, 1.15 billion people have been vaccinated so far, accounting for 14.8% of the world’s population.
If you include those who have been vaccinated even once, there are 2.23 billion people, or 28.6% of the world’s population.
Vaccine inequality between rich and poor countries is still unresolved.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), as of last month, 85% of the population (about 3.5 billion people) in low- and low-middle-income countries had not yet been vaccinated.
◇Mask revival… Countries that believed in vaccines ‘U-turn against quarantine’
Countries that started vaccination earlier turned to strengthening quarantine again as the delta mutation spread in the ‘no-mask’ atmosphere.
In the United States, which has a vaccination rate of 70%, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) allowed ‘no-mask’ in most cases in May, but mask duty has been revived one after another in just two months.
Seven counties, including San Francisco, California, re-applied the mandatory mask regardless of whether or not they were vaccinated from the 3rd of this month.
Europe also tightened the reins of the quarantine, which had been loosened for a while as the number of confirmed cases turned on the rise during the summer vacation season.
First, in France, a bill passed by Parliament last month to introduce a ‘vaccine passport’, which requires proof of vaccination in public facilities.
The Netherlands reinstated a night curfew last month after the number of new confirmed cases recorded the highest since May.
Israel, which had been vaccinated at the fastest rate in the world, also decided to strengthen quarantine measures such as restoring the duty to wear an outdoor mask from the 8th due to the spread of the delta mutation.
Saudi Arabia, where the vaccination rate has exceeded 50%, has made it compulsory to certify the vaccine in public places starting this month, and insisted on completing the second vaccination as a condition of overseas travel.
Australia also did not avoid delta mutations.
Australia’s largest state, New South Wales (NSW), has extended the lockdown until the end of August after the number of daily confirmed cases reached a record high last month.
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