The Covid-19 pandemic continued its resurgence this week, particularly in Asia and Europe, but the number of related global deaths plummeted by a fifth.
Here is the state of the game based on the AFP database:
12 percent increase in cases
The average number of daily cases globally rose over the week by 12 percent to 1.8 million, after worsening the previous week, according to an AFP tally on Thursday.
Confirmed cases only reflect a fraction of the actual number of infections, with different counting practices and testing levels in different countries.
The rebound in the pandemic is being driven by Oceania, where the number of new cases rose 86 percent from the previous week. They also increased 23 percent in Asia and 7 percent in Europe.
However, the situation continues to improve greatly in Africa, where the numbers fell by 56 percent.
– South Korea has the most cases –
By head of population, South Korea recorded the highest number of new cases this week, with 5,288 per 100,000 inhabitants.
– Deaths continue to decline –
The number of Covid-related deaths continued to decline, dropping 20 percent to an average of 5,401 per day.
The decline was reflected in all regions of the world.
Hong Kong reported by far the highest death rate as a proportion of population at 26.49 per 100,000 population.
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