Some countries including US, UK and Germany with high vaccination coverage are opening up despite a high number of confirmed cases
The world has been able to limit the covid-19 pandemic over the past few months, with just 3.5 million new cases being reported per week now, down 24% since August. This, and improving vaccinations, has prompted many governments to relax restrictions and reopen their economies. However, countries such as the US, UK, Germany and Russia are still reporting high caseloads. In the 20 such countries with the highest number of new confirmed cases, the easing of restrictions has been uneven, based on the trajectory of infections and vaccination rates, data shows.