The pandemic has accelerated again this week in all regions of the world except Latin America.
Below is the world state of reality according to a specialized AFP database.
First increase in weeks
The average number of new daily COVID-19 cases worldwide rose slightly by two percent to 377,000 over the past week, according to an AFP toll on Thursday.
The increase was the first to be seen since late April, when the pandemic hit a record high of 816,800 new cases daily.
The number of confirmed cases reflects only a fraction of the actual number of infections, with different countries also having various counting practices and levels of testing.
Slide almost everywhere
Latin America and the Caribbean was the only region in the world this week to improve, with 13% fewer cases compared to the previous week.
The pandemic rose in all other regions of the world: 30 percent in Europe, 25 percent in Africa, 10 percent in the Middle East, five percent in the United States and Canada, and four percent in Asia.
In Oceania, the number of cases also increased, by 31%, but only in 323 cases a day.
At the country level, Myanmar experienced the largest increase in new cases with 119%. Spain followed with 80 percent more, Britain 71 percent more, Tunisia 69 percent and Cuba 68 percent.
The biggest drops
Uruguay recorded the highest drop of 35% less new cases, followed by Uganda (34% less), Brazil (30%), Chile (minus 21%) and the Dominican Republic minus 17%.
Most new cases
Despite a marked 30% slowdown, Brazil recorded the newest cases last week with 54,100 daily, followed by India (47,000) and Colombia (29,900).
Per capita, the countries that recorded the most cases this week were the Seychelles, with 975 per 100,000 population, followed by Mongolia, with 468.
Both countries are among the most advanced in terms of their vaccination actions, with 68% and 53% of their populations fully vaccinated, respectively.
The Seychelles uses a mixture of Sinopharm and AstraZeneca from China, while Mongolia uses Sinopharm almost completely.
Brazil and India again mourned the highest number of deaths over the past week, with 1,565 and 1,068 a day, respectively.
Globally, the number of daily deaths fell again this week, by five percent, to 7,958.
Portugal led the vaccination race this week (from countries with more than a million inhabitants), hitting 1.49 percent of its population every day.
China followed with 1.42%, the Netherlands (1.25%), Canada (1.23%) and Uruguay (1.18%).
Although vaccinated less rapidly, the United Arab Emirates administered 155 first or second doses per 100 inhabitants, Bahrain and Israel (both 125), Chile (120), the United Kingdom (115), and the United States. (99) are the countries with the most advanced vaccination campaigns.
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