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GlobalData Epidemiologist Report: Olympic torch removed from Osaka streets as Covid cases climb in Japan

08 Apr 2021 (Last Updated April 8th, 2021 14:22)

8 April

Globally, the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 have reached over 133,131,462, with more than 2,887,000 deaths and over 88,178,000 recoveries.

The US, Brazil and India occupy the first, second and third positions, respectively for total confirmed Covid-19 cases, with Brazil maintaining its lead of more than 300,000 cases over India.

The US continues to lead the world in the total number of vaccinations delivered at over 168,592,000, likely driven by its high rate of deaths at over 1,700 per million population.

Within Europe, the UK has experienced the highest death rate with over 1,900 deaths per million population and has similarly administered the highest numbers of vaccine doses, at over 37,119,000.

In Japan, cases of Covid-19 are steadily rising and have reached the highest levels observed since February, with over 3,400 daily new cases being reported earlier this week.

After lifting the state of emergency in multiple prefectures during early March, the government could have lifted restrictions too early.

Officials in Osaka, the current center of the pandemic in Japan, removed the Olympic torch from the streets as a state of emergency was declared in the prefecture.

The uptick in cases observed could largely be due to more contagious variants of the virus, making up approximately half of confirmed cases in the prefecture.

Ellie Sutcliffe, BSc, Senior Analyst and Associate Epidemiologist at GlobalData