- Largest lower in South Africa the place the variety of new circumstances dropped by 49%
- COVID-19 pandemic selecting up most pace in Malaysia at 30% extra circumstances
- US had highest variety of new circumstances, with 133,500 per day on common
PARIS: New COVID-19 circumstances are actually at their lowest degree for the reason that finish of October 2020, with a specialised AFP database displaying new infections fell by half in South Africa and the coronavirus pandemic slowing down for the third consecutive week.
Right here is the state of play worldwide:
Fewer than half one million per day
The variety of new day by day circumstances dipped under the half-million mark for the primary time since late October, standing at 493,000, in response to an AFP tally to Thursday.
New infections dropped by 13% over the week, after reaching a file 725,000 in mid-January.
Practically each space of the world noticed a slackening off, with new circumstances lowering 27% in Africa, 17% in the US and Canada, 12% in Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean, and a couple of% in Asia.
The variety of new circumstances picked up barely, by 4%, within the Center East, nonetheless, whereas there have been solely 14 circumstances per day (43% extra) in Oceania.
The variety of confirmed circumstances solely displays a fraction of the particular variety of infections, as totally different international locations have totally different counting practices and ranges of testing.
The largest lower was in South Africa — the continent’s worst-hit nation — the place the variety of new circumstances dropped by 49%, at 4,100 new circumstances per day, confirming a powerful deceleration that began the earlier week.
The nation, the place a extra contagious variant of the coronavirus has been detected, in late 2020 noticed an upsurge in circumstances, which led it to impose a curfew in late December.
Lithuania has the subsequent huge drop at minus 37%, (700 circumstances per day), Mexico (minus 35%, 10,600), Japan (31% fewer, 3,000), Panama (minus 31%, 1,100), and Portugal (30% fewer or 9,100 circumstances).
Malaysia is the nation the place the epidemic is selecting up most pace, with 30% extra, or 4,800 new circumstances per day, among the many international locations which have registered greater than 1,000 day by day circumstances over the previous week.
Jordan follows with 27% extra, or 1,100 new circumstances, Peru (23%, 6,500), Iraq (21%, 1,000), and Turkey (16% extra, or 7,400 circumstances).
US nonetheless has most circumstances, deaths
The US once more had by far the best variety of new circumstances, with 133,500 per day on common, a 17% lower over the earlier week.
Brazil follows with 48,200, or minus 7%, and Spain (29,800, minus 16%).
Then come the UK with 21,200, or 26% fewer, and France (20,600, 1% extra).
On a per-capita foundation, Portugal stays the nation with the best variety of infections, at 622 circumstances per 100,000 individuals.
The US additionally once more registered essentially the most deaths over the previous week, with 3,279 per day on common, adopted by Mexico (1,111), Brazil (1,035), the UK (1,018), Germany (690), Russia (507), and France (450).