Global Covid-19 cases hit weekly record despite vaccination roll-out

Fatalities have increased for the past month and were about 82,000 the week ended April 18, an average of almost 12,000 a day.
More people were diagnosed with Covid-19 during the past seven days than any other week since the start of the pandemic — topping 5.2 million globally — with the worst outbreaks accelerating in many countries that are ill-equipped to deal with them.

 

The worrisome trend, just days after the world surpassed 3 million deaths, comes as countries are rolling out vaccinations in an effort to get the virus under control. The data from Johns Hopkins University showing a 12 per cent increase in infections from a week earlier casts doubt on the hope that the end of the pandemic is in sight.

 

The weekly increase surpassed the previous high set in mid-December. While infection rates have largely slowed in the US and UK, countries in the developing world — India and Brazil in particular — are shouldering surging caseloads.

 

Fatalities have increased for the past month and were about 82,000 the week ended April 18, an average of almost 12,000 a day.    



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