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Global deaths from the coronavirus fell by 20 percent last week compared with the week before, the World Health Organization said in a statement, part of a wider trend that also includes a decline in cases worldwide.

The downturn in cases and deaths follows a winter surge in infections but also has coincided with an increase in vaccinations, particularly in the United States and Europe.

According to the WHO, nearly 66,000 global deaths from coronavirus-related complications were reported last week, marking the third straight week that the figure has fallen. The number of new cases also dropped for the sixth consecutive week, falling by 11 percent last week, the agency said. The total number of coronavirus cases now stands at nearly 111 million since the start of the pandemic, and more than 2.4 million deaths have been reported worldwide, the WHO said.

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