Globally, the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 have reached over 177,043,000, with over 3,833,000 deaths and over 127,663,000 recoveries reported.
The US, India and Brazil occupy the first, second and third positions, respectively for total confirmed Covid-19 cases.
The seven-day average of new daily confirmed cases continues to decline across all three regions.
Within the UK, following a substantial decline to new daily confirmed cases observed at the start of 2021, case numbers are steadily on the rise with a further 9,000 new cases confirmed on Wednesday.
In response, the government has delayed further lifting of social restrictions which were due to take place in late June.
New daily confirmed cases also continue to rise in South Africa amid a recent viral surge.
The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases almost doubled during the course of a fortnight, rising from 6.6 to 12.7 new cases per 100,000 population.
Tighter restrictions have been imposed on public gatherings and the sale of alcohol.
South Africa has been the hardest hit country in the continent, reporting over 1.7 million cases, totalling approximately 40% of the total confirmed cases in Africa.
Ellie Sutcliffe, BSc, Senior Analyst and Associate Epidemiologist at GlobalData