Brazil has registered the lowest number of new daily coronavirus infections in more than six months as infection numbers surge in the Netherlands and South Korea.
The health ministry in Brasilia reported 17,031 new cases in the past 24 hours on Monday evening - the last time there was a lower daily figure was at the beginning of January with 15,827.
At the height of an out-of-control coronavirus pandemic, the South American country had recorded more than 100,000 new coronavirus cases within 24 hours in March.
In total, more than 19.1 million people have been confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus in Brazil, which began vaccinations in January.
More than 534,000 patients have died in connection with COVID-19.
Only the United States has recorded more deaths so far and, after the US and India, Brazil has recorded the most infections.
Brazil has 210 million inhabitants.
More than 115 million vaccine doses have been administered since the start of the country's vaccination campaign.
About 40 per cent of adult Brazilians have received a single dose and about 15 per cent are fully vaccinated.
Meanwhile, new coronavirus cases in the Netherlands have jumped more than six-fold in the past week, mainly among young adults, following a decision to largely scrap restrictions.
Almost 52,000 infections were confirmed in the country of 17.5 million in the week through Tuesday, health authorities said, up from 8500 a week earlier.
Confirmation of the fastest weekly rise since the start of the pandemic came just days after the government reintroduced curbs on nightclubs, festivals and restaurants in response to a surge in infections among 18 to 30 year olds.
The Netherlands lifted most lockdown measures on June 26 as an accelerated roll-out of vaccinations drove infections down to the lowest level since last September.
A system of health checks and mandatory coronavirus rapid tests for venues where distancing could not be guaranteed was put in place but cracked under the large number of people looking for a night out after months of lockdown.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Monday he regretted the rapid easing of restrictions, which he conceded had shown "poor judgment" by his government.
More than 60 per cent of new cases in the past week were among people aged 15 to 25.
Almost 40 per cent of the people who knew where they had been infected said it had happened during a night out.
About 80 per cent of all adults in the Netherlands have now received at least one vaccination but authorities said this did not mean all precautions could be jettisoned as most people were still only partially protected.
Almost 7000 new cases in the past week were reported by people who had received at least one vaccination.
South Korea's streak of more than 1000 daily virus cases has reached a week as health authorities scramble to slow a viral surge that has brought Seoul's thriving nightlife to a standstill and professional baseball to a halt.
Authorities said on Tuesday that more than 800 of the 1150 new cases are in the greater capital area, where officials have shut down nightclubs and prohibited private social gatherings of three or more people after 6pm.
There are signs the virus is spreading beyond the Seoul metropolitan area as the country enters its summer holidays.
Busan, Daegu, Daejeon and South Chungcheong province are among the major cities and regions that reported dozens of new infections.
with AP, DPA