However in Asia the variety of circumstances remained stubbornly excessive, rising by a fifth.
Here’s a state of play based mostly on AFP‘s database.
Circumstances slashed by half
The common variety of international each day circumstances dropped for the fourth week in row, by 16 % to 1.66 million, in keeping with an AFP tally to Thursday.
Over a month the lower in circumstances is extra spectacular: they’ve been reduce by half since they soared to peaks of three.37 million within the week of January 21, because of the extremely contagious Omicron variant.
The confirmed circumstances solely mirror a fraction of the particular variety of infections, with various counting practices and ranges of testing in numerous international locations.
Asia bucks enchancment
This week, solely Asia noticed a deterioration in its scenario, with one fifth extra circumstances.
However in all different areas of the world the pandemic waned.
There have been 39 % fewer circumstances within the Center East, 37 % fewer within the United States-Canada zone, down 24 % in each Africa and the Latin America-Caribbean zone, a fifth fewer in Europe and 12 % much less in Oceania.
Hong Kong noticed the most important enhance in new circumstances this week, with the quantity rising by 331 % in comparison with the earlier week, prompting it to toughen its testing and social distancing necessities.
New Zealand adopted with 187 % extra, South Korea with 85 % extra, Vietnam plus 71 %, whereas circumstances have been up 36 % in Singapore.
Kosovo noticed the most important drop of the week with 61 % fewer circumstances, adopted by Azerbaijan with minus 55 %, Slovenia minus 52 %, and Paraguay and Peru every with 51 % fewer.
Germany takes prime case spot
Germany overtook Russia to document the very best variety of new circumstances, with a median of 164,600 infections a day, which was nonetheless a drop of 9 %.
Russia had 155,400 new circumstances, a drop of 17 %, whereas South Korea took third place with 121,900, a rise of 85 %.
The USA for the primary time in lots of months was not within the prime three.
On a per capita foundation, the nation with essentially the most new circumstances over the week was once more Denmark with 3,612 per 100,000 inhabitants. It was adopted by Latvia with 3,558 and Estonia 2,789.
The variety of Covid-linked deaths continued its decline, dropping by 10 % globally, to 9,348 per day.
The U.S. once more mourned essentially the most deaths over the week, with a median of 1,905 per day, adopted by Brazil (784) and Russia (772).
The international locations reporting the very best loss of life charges in proportion to their inhabitants have been Bulgaria with 7.5 per 100,000 inhabitants, adopted by Georgia with 7.3 and Hungary with 7.2.