Coronavirus cases worldwide dropped 11% in the week leading up to Feb. 21 — the sixth straight week that the number has decreased, according to the World Health Organization.

WHO reported 2.4 million new cases and 66,000 virus-related deaths for the week, a 20% drop in the latter from the previous week, CNN reported.

Despite the overall decline in cases, newer, more virulent strains of the virus are spreading more rapidly. WHO said a variant first detected in the U.K. is presently in 101 countries, and another first found in South Africa is now in 51 countries. Another less prevalent strain first found in Brazil and Japan currently exists in 29 countries, CNN reported.

As of Wednesday, more than 112 million coronavirus cases and nearly 2.5 million virus-related deaths have been reported worldwide, according to a Johns Hopkins University tracker. The U.S. leads in both categories with roughly 28.3 million cases and 503,000 deaths.

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