The number of new cases of Covid-19 continued to rise around the world again this week, but remained far from the record level struck in early January, according to AFP data.
The number of new cases increased by 14 percent around the world, to 465,300 on average every day, according to an AFP tally to Thursday.
The increase confirms an upward trend which started a month ago, after an unprecedented fall earlier in the year when the number of new cases was cut by half.
Despite the increase over the past weeks, the number of infections is still far from the record of 743,600 new cases in the week of January 5-11.
The number of confirmed cases only reflects a fraction of the actual number of infections, as different countries have varying counting practices and levels of testing.