Globally, the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 have reached over 104,996,000 with over 2,285,000 deaths and 58,349,000 recoveries.

The US, India, and Brazil remain the three countries with the highest total confirmed cases worldwide, with the UK maintaining its position as fourth worst affected country. However, rates of new daily confirmed cases continue to trend downwards across all four.

The overall positivity rate of testing undertaken within the US has fallen rapidly from a high of 13.5% at the beginning of January to 7.9% recorded this week, closer to the 5% positivity rate recommended by the WHO.

Some 21 states now having testing rates lower than recommended. Low testing rates mean enough Covid-19 cases are being captured to inform decisions about lifting national restrictions.

The rollout of an efficient vaccination program means that Israel has vaccinated the highest proportion of its population (22.03%) worldwide.

Initial results from its vaccination programme look promising with only 317 infections occurring out of the 715,325 people who had been fully vaccinated (0.04%).

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Within this group, only 16 of the positively identified Covid-19 cases required hospitalisation, which equates to 0.002% of the total population vaccinated.

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