Covid-19 deaths are accelerating, WHO warns, as world records most cases ever in a single week

Exposing the Big Game

ByRob Picheta, CNN

Updated 9:27 AM ET, Tue April 20, 2021

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    (CNN)Covid-19 infectionshave been rising at an alarming rate for eight consecutive weeks, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned, as the virus sweeps unabated through hotspots in several corners of the globe.More than 5.2 million new cases were recorded last week — the most in a single week since the pandemic began — WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a news briefing in Geneva on Monday.Deaths also increased for the fifth straight week, he said, with the pandemic now officially claiming more than 3 million lives.

      And Tedros warned that the pace of the pandemic is accelerating, even as some countries tout their own improved vaccination programs.

        “It took nine months to reach 1 million deaths, four months to reach 2 million and three…

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