The COVID-19 pandemic in slight decline around the world

The COVID-19 pandemic has eased slightly this week around the world, despite a persistent outbreak in Oceania and North America: here are the weekly highlights, taken from an AFP database.

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An important indicator, however, the number of cases diagnosed only reflects a fraction of the actual number of infections and comparisons between countries should be taken with caution, as testing policies differ from one country to another.

With 639,315 contaminations recorded daily in the world this week, the indicator has declined slightly (-3% compared to the previous week), according to an AFP report stopped on Thursday. The pandemic seems to be stabilizing, after several months of clear progression, fueled by a very contagious Delta variant and which has become the majority in many countries.

This week, the regions of the world are experiencing contrasting landscapes.

The situation continues to deteriorate in the United States / Canada zone (+ 8%) and especially in Oceania (+ 23%), but new contaminations are clearly declining in Africa (-26%) as well as in Latin America (- 17%). They are marking time in Europe (-3%), Asia (-2%) and the Middle East (-2%).

Gaza is the territory where the epidemic is accelerating the most (+ 75%, 1,185 new cases per day), among those having recorded at least 1,000 daily infections during the past week. Norway (+69%, 1,385), Romania (+ 64%, 1,108), Syria (+ 60%, 1,171), Ukraine (+ 60%, 1,811) and Mongolia (+ 47%, 2,801) follow. ).

Conversely, it was Indonesia (-42%, 9,337 new cases per day) and Bangladesh (-42%, 3,498) which recorded the sharpest decline this week, ahead of Ireland (-36%, 1,191), Cuba (-30%, 6,571), South Africa (-25%, 8,776) and Argentina (-25%, 4,811).

The United States remains by far the country with the highest number of new infections in absolute terms this week (166,367 daily cases, + 7%), ahead of India (42,772, + 27%) and the United States. Uni (33,456, -1%).

As a proportion of the population, Israel is the country with the most new cases this week (731 per 100,000 inhabitants), ahead of Kosovo (642) and Georgia (620).

The United States has the highest daily death toll, 1,144 per day this week (+ 21%), ahead of Russia (796, stable).

Globally, daily deaths are back below 10,000 this week (9,644 per day, -4%).

The countries that vaccinate the fastest this week are mainly in Asia, Latin America and Oceania.

Sri Lanka has the fastest rate among countries with more than one million people, administering doses to 1.87% of its population every day. Ecuador (1.80%), Panama (1.71%), New Zealand (1.69%) and Cuba (1.59%) follow.

But the vaccination campaigns of most of these countries are still far from those of the United Arab Emirates (184 doses administered per 100 inhabitants), Uruguay (163), Israel (161), Qatar (155), Singapore (149 doses), Denmark (147), Bahrain (146) and Chile (145), which are among the countries with the most advanced campaigns.

This indicator can exceed 100 doses per 100 inhabitants since most vaccines in circulation require two doses to be fully effective.

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