Coronavirus cases continued to skyrocket in Africa as they slowed elsewhere in the world for the sixth week in a row, launching vaccine inequalities clearly.
Below is the world state of reality according to a specialized AFP database.
16 percent drop
The number of new daily cases of COVID-19 worldwide fell 16 percent, to 390,800 last week, according to an AFP toll on Thursday.
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.
The pandemic slowed by more than a quarter in Asia (minus 26%), while Europe recorded 18% fewer new cases.
In Oceania they fell by 15 per cent, in the United States and Canada by 14 per cent, in the Middle East by nine per cent, and in Latin America and the Caribbean by eight per cent.
But cases rose 28% in Africa, the only region where it rose this week.
Nearly three-quarters of new cases were reported in five countries: Egypt, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and South Africa, which has officially entered a third wave.
Zambia and the UK worse
At the country level, Zambia recorded the largest per capita explosion in new cases, with a sharp increase of 147% or 1,200 new infections per day.
The UK followed with 65 per cent more and Afghanistan with 47 per cent more.
Germany recorded the largest drop with 44% fewer cases, followed by Canada and France with 39% fewer.
India continued to mourn the majority of deaths with 3,100 per day last week, followed by Brazil (1,800) and Argentina (580).
Worldwide deaths fell nine percent this week to 10,145 per day.
However, the World Health Organization believes that up to three times more people have died due to the pandemic than official data suggest.
According to an official source count at 11.00 GMT on Friday, some 2.295 billion doses of vaccine have been administered in 216 countries and territories around the world.
But access to the shots has been very evenly matched. Although only 2.9 doses have been administered per 100 inhabitants in Africa, 90.4 have been administered in the US and Canada and 52.2 in Europe.
It follows Asia with 28.9, Latin America and the Caribbean 28.9, Middle East 21.2 and Oceania 16.1.
Canada advanced in the global vaccination race with 63.62% of the population receiving a dose, followed by longtime leaders Israel (63.25%, but where proportionally six times as many have had a second dose) and the United Kingdom (60.23%)
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