With the uneven roll-out of vaccinations across the world, the continued impact of new, more transmissible variants of the virus, and the reluctance in many countries to shut down completely again, cases and death rates are likely to continue to climb.
Already, the only region where the number of new deaths fell last week was the Western Pacific, where deaths have fallen by nearly a third in the previous seven days.
The situation within regions remains uneven, however, with declining cases and deaths in hard-hit countries, including the UK and US, both of which have undertaken rapid vaccination campaigns.
Public health experts said the numbers showed the worst of Covid-19 was far behind us globally.
Professor Adam Kucharski, infectious disease epidemiologist at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, tweeted the following Wednesday, accompanied by a graph of the rapidly rising daily death toll in Brazil: “The worst of the pandemic has probably passed in a (relatively small) number of places, but in others there are worrying signs that ‘it’s yet to come.’
India, the eastern Mediterranean and much of eastern and central Europe are also showing worrying figures, the WHO said.
The situation in parts of Southeast Asia is deteriorating particularly rapidly, data shows.
Bangladesh recorded an 86% increase in the number of new deaths last week, with 141 new deaths. Deaths in India have also increased by 35%, to 1,148 new deaths from Covid-19 in the past seven days.
Other countries, including Jordan, Italy and Poland, have also seen a dramatic increase in the number of deaths from Covid-19 last week.
In total, there have been more than 122 million cases of coronavirus and at least 2.7 million deaths since the start of the pandemic.
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