The World Health Organization says coronavirus variants continue to spread around the world. The overall number of global Covid-19 cases has surpassed 128.1 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.80 million. The overall number of global Covid-19 cases has surpassed 128.1 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.80 million. The international health body calls three types first detected in the UK, South Africa and Brazil as the Variants of concern. The WHO has called six other variants of interest. They include strains found in the Philippines and Japan in February, and one detected in France in January.

The countries with the biggest jumps in Covid cases are India, Poland, USA, Brazil and France.

India saw the biggest daily surge in Covid cases since early October with 72,330 fresh infections reported since yesterday, taking the tally to 1,22,21,665 cases. Today’s surge is the highest since October 11 when 74,383 infections were recorded. Whereas Poland has recorded 32,891 new cases yesterday.

Cases climbed by 14% across the globe last week, which is the sixth-consecutive weekly increase and deaths jumped for the third week in a row. The World Health Organization warned of a steady rise in Covid-19 cases and deaths in recent weeks, urging people to stick with mask mandates and social distancing rules as the world enters a critical phase of the pandemic.

 “The virus is stronger, it’s faster with the emergence of new variants that spread more easily and are more deadly than the original wild strain of the virus. It’s a watershed moment in the pandemic, because at the very moment that we need to stay the course with all of this, we’re seeing the numbers start to rise and governments going back to restrictive measures”, said Dr. Mike Ryan, the head of the WHO’s emergencies program.

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