COVID-19 global pandemic slows for the sixth week

The number of new daily cases decreased by seven percent globally to 422,400, according to an AFP tally to Thursday.

FILE: Two people wearing protective masks pass on the street during the COVID-19 pandemic on 21 April 2020 in New York City. Picture: AFP.

PARIS - The coronavirus pandemic slowed for a sixth week in a row around the world.

Here is the global state of play based on an AFP database.

SLOWING DOWN

The number of new daily cases decreased by seven percent globally to 422,400, according to an AFP tally to Thursday.

The pandemic had gained ground since mid-June fanned by the highly contagious Delta variant which has become predominant in most countries. But for more than a month and a half now it has been in decline.

However, the confirmed cases only reflect a fraction of the actual number of infections, with varying counting practices and levels of testing in different countries.

IMPROVEMENT IN MOST REGIONS

This week most of the regions of the world saw an improvement, with 32% less new cases in Africa, 20% less in Asia, 15% less in the Latin America and Caribbean zone, 11% less in the United States and Canada and 10% less in the Middle East.

But there was a seven percent increase in Europe and 13% more in Oceania.

BIGGEST SPIKES

Singapore, one of the most highly vaccinated countries in the world, saw the biggest spike in the number of new cases, with an 80% increase.

The Asian city state was followed by a string of countries in Eastern Europe, with a 59% increase in Poland, 48% in Latvia, 40% in Ukraine and Romania and 28% more in Slovakia.

Eastern European countries have vaccinated their population at a slower rate than in Western Europe.

BIGGEST DROPS

At the other end of the spectrum, Japan saw the biggest drop with a 48% decrease in the number of cases, followed by Vietnam with 42% less, Morocco 40% less, Bangladesh 35% less and South Africa 33% less.

US HAS MOST INFECTIONS

The US remained by far the country with the biggest number of new cases, with 100,700 per day, a decrease of 11%. It was followed by the United Kingdom with 34,200 cases, a drop of one percent, and Turkey with 29,000, an increase of five percent.

On a per capita basis the country that recorded the most new cases this week was again Serbia with 644 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, ahead of Mongolia (463) and Romania (440).

... AND MOST DEATHS

The US also recorded the biggest number of deaths per day at 1,782, followed by Russia with 899 and Mexico 517.

At a global level the number of daily deaths continued to drop to 7,185, a decrease of seven percent.

VACCINATIONS

Cuba leads the vaccination race among countries with more than one million inhabitants, inoculating 1.37% of its population every day.

New Zealand followed with 1.19%, South Korea with 1.12%, Australia (1.05%), Peru and Vietnam (1.03% each) and Taiwan (one percent).

The United Arab Emirates and Portugal, however, have the most advanced vaccination drives, with 85% of their populations being fully vaccinated.

They are followed by Spain (78%), Singapore (77%), Denmark and Uruguay (75% each), Ireland (74%) and Belgium, Canada, France and Italy (73%).

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