The World Health Organization this weekend registered the lowest number of cases worldwide since February, but cautioned that the Delta variant, now present in 92 countries, is driving a deadly new wave. It is reported by The Guardian.
In most countries in Europe, meanwhile, infections, hospitalisations and deaths continued to fall to levels not seen since last summer, with several governments this weekend easing restrictions further as mass vaccination campaigns advance.
However, at the same time, it became known that Germany closed the borders to Portuguese citizens, where the new Delta strain accounts for more than 70% of new cases.
Several Spanish regions are already recording a 20% incidence of Delta cases, and regional health officials are predicting the more contagious strain could be dominant within two to four weeks.
Beyond Europe, Indonesia, the hardest-hit country in south-east Asia, recorded a new high of more than 21,000 daily cases, with hospitals in Jakarta and other cities overwhelmed after millions travelled at the end of Ramadan. Similar spikes are occurring across the region.
As we reported earlier, over the last 24 hours, Ukrainian doctors confirmed 285 new cases of Covid-19, including 19 children and 3 healthcare workers.