The number of COVID-19 infections worldwide topped 200 million on Wednesday, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
Why it matters: The milestone highlights the effect of the highly contagious Delta variant. It took about a year for the world to reach 100 million cases, and only six months to double that, the New York Times reported.
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The big picture: Weekly coronavirus cases have surged globally for more than a month, with the most significant increases in the Eastern Mediterranean and Western Pacific regions, according to a report published Tuesday by the World Health Organization.
During the past week the highest new daily case numbers were reported in the U.S., India, Indonesia, Brazil and Iran, per CNN.
The global COVID-19 death toll hit more than 4.25 million Wednesday, per Johns Hopkins.
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