United States reports highest number of new Covid cases in the world

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A Covid-19 testing station outside of Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan on July 27 (Getty Images)
A Covid-19 testing station outside of Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan on July 27 (Getty Images)

The United States reported the highest number of new Covid-19 cases in the world in the last week, according to figures from the World Health Organization.

The US experienced a 131 per cent increase in new cases for the week ending July 25 compared to the previous week, with 500,332 Americans becoming infected with the virus, according to the WHO’s epidemiological report.

The Delta variant is causing cases to surge in all 50 states. The soaring case rate prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to advise all vaccinated Americans living in areas of high or substantial transmission to wear masks indoors.

Just 57.6 per cent of Americans ages 12 and up are fully vaccinated, according to data from the CDC.

Globally, the US was followed by Brazil, Indonesia, the United Kingdom and India.

There were a total of 3.8 million new cases in the last week across the globe, an 8 per cent increase over the previous week.

The number of new Covid-19-related deaths also increased sharply this week to over 69,000, a 21 per cent jump from 57,000 deaths last week.

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