2 March

Globally, the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 have reached over 114,499,000, with more than 2,540,000 deaths and 75,348,000 recoveries.

The US leads the world in total confirmed Covid-19 cases, followed by India, Brazil, Russia, and the UK.

Most of these top five countries, including the US, are trending downwards in daily confirmed cases, but India has seen a slight uptick in recent weeks.

The US also leads the world in number of deaths, with Brazil, Mexico, and India rounding out the top four.

New Zealand’s biggest city, Auckland, has entered a seven-day lockdown after a new local case of Covid-19 was identified.

This follows a three-day lockdown from two weeks ago in response to a family diagnosed with the B.1.1.7 variant, first discovered in the UK.

Overall, New Zealand has seen just over 2,300 cases since the pandemic began and has been one of the more successful developed countries in controlling the spread of Covid-19.

Shaina Stacy, PhD, MPH, Senior Epidemiologist at GlobalData