Globally, the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 have reached over 171,746,000, with more than 3,693,000 deaths and 121,842,000 recoveries.
The US, Brazil, and India continue to lead the world in total Covid-19 deaths.
Immediately behind these countries are Mexico, Peru, the UK, Italy, Russia, France, Colombia, and Germany, as Covid-19 deaths remain concentrated in Europe and the Americas.
Moreover, despite having the highest death toll, the US seven-day average of daily deaths is slightly over 750, a considerable decline from mid-January when this figure was over 3,900.
Conversely, in India and Brazil, this figure has increased since early January.
India currently has a seven-day average of daily deaths over 3,500, while this figure is around 1,900 for Brazil, indicating that these countries are moving closer towards having the most Covid-19 related deaths worldwide.
Fears of a third wave of transmission in South Africa have prompted President Cyril Ramaphosa to revert the country to lockdown level two, which will impose stricter measures to reduce the spread of the virus.
In an address earlier this week, President Ramaphosa indicated that cases are 68% higher than just two weeks ago and emphasized the need to keep the country’s guard up after observing the consequences of allowing the virus to spread freely in other countries.
The news comes as winter approaches in the southern hemisphere, prompting fears that the third wave will be even worse than the second as people begin to gather more indoors.
Previous to the new lockdown, South Africa has been under level one.
Walter Gabriel, MPH, Epidemiologist at GlobalData Plc.