WHO expects weekly virus deaths to top 100,000

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Global deaths from COVID-19 are expected to top 100,000 per week “very soon”, from more than 93,000 reported last week, the World Health Organization’s top emergency expert Mike Ryan said on Monday.

“Currently our epidemiological situation is dynamic and uneven, it’s further complicated by variants,” he said in an epidemiological update provided to the WHO’s executive board meeting.

Ryan added that the Americas region accounted for about 47 percent of current deaths. In Europe, cases and deaths are stabilizing but at a high level, he said.

The coronavirus has infected over 95 million people globally and claimed more than 2 million lives.

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