Globally, the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 have reached over 212,717,000, with more than 4,445,000 deaths reported.
Some European Union countries, such as France, Germany, and Italy, have seen slight upticks in daily confirmed Covid-19 cases in July and August.
France, with over 6,708,000 cases since the pandemic began, is fourth worldwide in total confirmed cases, surpassed only by the US, India, and Brazil.
As the Delta variant strains the healthcare system in France, the country is also reporting that the number of people currently hospitalized for Covid-19 is higher than it has been in over two months.
Israel has surpassed 1,005,000 total confirmed Covid-19 cases and saw an uptick in daily confirmed cases and deaths in August.
While over 5,445,000 people (61.3%) in the country are fully vaccinated, over 1,000,000 Israelis have still not received any dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
This gap is in part due to vaccine hesitancy in some groups, which Israel’s Health Ministry reports is highest among more underprivileged communities in the country.
In addition to lower vaccination rates in some communities, the influx of cases can also be attributed to the widespread circulation of the more infectious Delta variant, cases of which have also been on the rise in Israel.
Shaina Stacy, PhD, MPH, Senior Epidemiologist at GlobalData