Jan. 29, 2021 (MedicalXpress) -- The COVID-19 pandemic slowed down in every region of the world over the past week, according to a specialised AFP database.
Here is the state of the pandemic worldwide:
The pace of the pandemic slackened for the second week in a row, with 11 percent fewer new cases per day, or 564,300, compared with the previous week, according to an AFP tally up to Thursday.
The pandemic had decelerated to a similar degree the previous week, except in Latin America and the Caribbean, which is now having a let-up after several weeks of higher cases.
The slowdown was noted in every region of the world, with 18 percent fewer cases in Africa, 16 percent fewer in the United States and Canada, 10 percent fewer in Europe, eight percent fewer in Latin America and the Caribbean, a decline of seven percent in the Middle East and a drop of five percent in Asia.
This week, Europe and the US/Canada were home to nearly two-thirds, or 65 percent, of the new cases.
The number of confirmed cases only reflects a fraction of the actual number of infections, as different countries have different counting practices and levels of testing.