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Global Covid cases surpass 600 mn: WHO

Together, these account for nearly 15 percent of the global total.

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Geneva: The number of Covid-19 cases worldwide has surpassed 600 million, according to the latest data from the World Health Organization (WHO).

As of Thursday, WHO reported that there have been 600,555,262 confirmed Covid-19 cases globally, including 6,472,914 deaths.

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The United States has the highest cumulative number of confirmed cases and deaths, with more than 93.21 million cases and over 1.03 million deaths. Together, these account for nearly 15 percent of the global total.

Though the weekly numbers of new Covid-19 cases and deaths have continued to decline, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said last week that the world had passed “the tragic milestone of one million reported deaths so far this year.”

He added: “We cannot say we are learning to live with Covid-19 when one million people have died with Covid-19 this year alone when we are two-and-a-half years into the pandemic and have all the tools necessary to prevent these deaths.”

WHO has called on all countries at all income levels to vaccinate those most at risk, and to ensure access to life-saving treatment, while continually testing and sequencing the virus.

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