Israel cases surge, South Africa slows: A week in Covid-19

Israel is the country where the number of cases is picking up most, with its average of new cases per day representing a 57 percent rise, the biggest such jump among countries recording at least 1 000 cases per day on average over the past week.

France follows with 36 percent or 5 783 more daily cases, Indonesia (36 percent, 3 054), Nepal (25 percent, 1 049) and the United Kingdom (24 percent, 1 434).


Biggest drops

At the other end of the spectrum, the biggest drops have taken place in South Africa (-20 percent, 2 104 new cases per day) the Philippines (-17 percent, 3 260) Ethiopia (-17 percent, 1 258) and Iran (-15 percent, 1 850), as well as Colombia (-13 percent, 8 507).

By region

There was a pickup in the number of cases in Europe and Asia, with 12 percent more each compared to the previous seven-day period, and also in the Middle East (six percent) and Latin America and the Caribbean (three percent).

On other continents there was a decrease in Oceania (-26 percent), Africa (-12 percent), and slightly in North America (-1 percent).

At the global level the pandemic is slightly picking up steam by six percent with an average of 265,688 daily cases,


India registered the most deaths over the past week, with 6 904, ahead of the United States (6 171), Brazil (5 965), Mexico (3 735), Colombia (2 150), Argentina (1 311) and Peru (1 128).

Global toll

The pandemic has killed at least 869 718 people around the world since late December, out of 26.5 million confirmed cases.

The United States has recorded by far the highest number of deaths with 186 806, followed by Brazil with 124 614, India 68 472 and Mexico 66 329.

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