18 February

Globally, the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 have passed the unwanted milestone of 110 million, with more than 2,432,000 deaths and 73,614,000 recoveries.

The US, India, and Brazil remain the three countries with the highest total confirmed cases worldwide.

The UK maintains its position as the fourth worst affected country, with only 17,000 cases between itself and the fifth worst affected country, Russia.

After launching its vaccination programme prioritising healthcare workers, Japan continues to see declines in numbers new daily confirmed cases, mirroring trends observed across the US and Europe.

This follows record numbers of daily new cases and deaths reported in January of this year.

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By GlobalData

A large-scale survey in the UK has found active Covid-19 infections have fallen by almost two-thirds since the peak of the second wave in January, with current rates now similar to that seen in September.

Although daily new cases are falling, hospital admissions remain relatively high, and a further improvements will be required prior to re-opening of normal economic activities.

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