Global Covid cases hit weekly record despite vaccinations

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Global Covid cases hit weekly record despite vaccinations


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Photographer: David Paul Morris / Bloomberg

More people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 in the past seven days than any other week since the start of the pandemic – surpassing 5.2 million globally – the worst outbreaks have accelerated in many countries ill-equipped to deal.

The worrying trend, just days after the world passed 3 million deaths, comes as countries roll out vaccinations in a bid to bring the virus under control. Johns Hopkins University data showing a 12% increase in infections from a week earlier casts doubt on the hope that the end of the pandemic is in sight.

The weekly increase exceeded the previous high set in mid-December. While infection rates have largely slowed in the United States and the United Kingdom, countries in the developing world – India and Brazil in particular – are seeing an increase in the number of cases.

Disturbing signs

New infections worldwide hit record high despite vaccine rollout

Source: Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg, at 9 a.m. HKT April 19

The global death toll is also picking up steam. Deaths have increased over the past month and were around 82,000 the week ended April 18, an average of almost 12,000 per day. That is just over 60,000 in the week ended March 14, or about 8,600 per day, the most recent nadir.

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