Pandemic deaths rise 12% as cases soar globally

The number of COVID-19 cases continued to climb around the world this week, with the death rate picking up again and increasing by 12%.

A health worker prepares a vaccination certificate after vaccinating a person with a dose of a Covid-19 vaccine in Bimbo, near Bangui on November 15, 2021. For health authorities in the Central African Republic, the second least developed in world according to the UN and in civil war since 2013, the challenge is as much to obtain the vaccine as to convince of its necessity, as elsewhere on the continent. Photo: Barbara Debout / AFP

PARIS – The number of COVID-19 cases continued to climb around the world this week, with the death rate restarting and increasing by 12%.

Here is the global inventory from an AFP database:

44% INCREASE

The average number of new daily coronavirus cases soared to a record 2.78 million, a 44% increase from the previous week, according to an AFP tally as of Thursday.

Confirmed cases reflect only a fraction of the true number of infections, with counting practices and testing levels varying by country.

INFECTIONS IN WAVE

With the Omicron variant now present in most countries, surges have occurred in all parts of the world.

The number of cases jumped 210% in Asia, 142% in the Middle East, 126% in the Latin America-Caribbean region and 59% in Oceania.

In the United States and Canada, cases have increased by 31% and they have increased by a quarter in Europe.

Africa is the only one to have seen an improvement, with a drop of 11%.

MAIN TIPS

The Philippines has seen the largest increase of 327% in new cases.

It was followed by India with 321%, Kosovo with 312%, Brazil with 290% and Peru with 284%.

DROP THROUGH SOUTHERN AFRICA

Eswatini, formerly Swaziland, recorded the largest drop in new cases for the second week in a row, with a 45% drop.

Next come Zambia with 30% fewer cases, South Africa (27% fewer), Namibia (-26%) and the United Kingdom (-25%).

The four southern African countries were among the first countries hit by the Omicron variant in early December, while the UK was the first to be hit hard in Europe.

US STILL HAS MOST CASES

The United States remains by far the country with the highest number of new cases with 796,500 per day on average, an increase of 34%.

Next come France with 293,900, an increase of 43%, and India with 172,700 cases, 321% more.

Per capita, the country with the highest number of new cases this week was Ireland with 3,087 per 100,000 population, followed by France with 3,047, Cyprus with 2,993 and Denmark and Montenegro with 2. 490 each.

DEATHS ON THE RISE AGAIN

Globally, the number of COVID-related deaths took off again, rising 12% to 6,911 a day after falling for several weeks.

The United States suffered the most daily deaths with 1,762, followed by Russia (765) and Poland (301).

Countries reporting the highest death rates as a proportion of their population were Trinidad and Tobago with 10.1 deaths per 100,000 population, Bulgaria (7.7), Georgia (6.9), Croatia ( 5.9) and Poland (5.6).

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