Pandemic intensifying again this week driven by Asia

An important indicator, the number of cases diagnosed reflects only a fraction of the actual number of contamination and comparisons between countries should be taken with caution, as testing policies vary greatly from country to country.

For country figures, the analysis is limited to those with at least 500,000 residents whose incidence rate exceeds 50 weekly cases per 100,000 residents.

With 1.59 million contaminations recorded every day around the world, the indicator is rising again after a five-week decline (8% compared to the previous week), according to an AFP report that closed on Thursday.

However, daily contamination remains more than half during the peak of late January (3.37 million daily cases).

Asia and Oceania are the two regions where the situation is deteriorating the most this week, with 27% and 20% more contamination, respectively, compared to last week.

The indicator is also slightly red in Africa (3%) and Europe (1%).

On the other hand, the situation continues to improve significantly in the USA/Canada region (-30%), the Middle East (-27%) and the Latin America/Caribbean region (-12%).

The Netherlands is the country that recorded the biggest acceleration of the week (80% compared to the previous week, 62,800 new daily cases).

Vietnam (63%, 196,400), South Korea (55%, 264,000), Portugal (35%, 12,200) and Ecuador (28%, 1,500) follow.

Georgia is the country with the largest weekly decline (-64%, 1,800), ahead of Belarus (-56%, 1,500), Turkey (-44%, 33,300), Lebanon (-43%, 1,100) and Norway (-41) %, 7,800).

South Korea is the country with the most new infections this week, whether by absolute value (264,000 daily cases, 55%) or by its population (3,605 weekly cases per 100,000 residents).

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In absolute value, Vietnam (196,400 daily cases, 63%) and Germany (177,200, 15%) complete the podium, while South Korea is followed by Hong Kong (3,002 cases per 100,000 inhabitants) and New Zealand (2,934) as a proportion. . Population.

Globally, the number of daily deaths continues to decline (12%, 6,700 deaths per day).

The United States has the highest number of daily deaths at 1,165 per day this week, ahead of Russia (700) and Brazil (501).

In terms of population, the region that recorded the highest number of deaths in the past week is far ahead of Hong Kong (23.8 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants), Lithuania (6.0) and Denmark (5.5).

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