New COVID-19 infections have increased worldwide since the end of June, surpassing one billion on Tuesday and Wednesday, increases not seen since May 28, according to an AFP account .
As of Thursday’s 1,400 GMT, according to official data, 188,347,302 cases have been recorded since the start of the pandemic in December 2019.
552,263 new cases were registered on Tuesday and 541,452 more were registered on Wednesday.
The daily average for the last seven days was 474,100, 17% more than the previous week.
The increase in cases is mainly attributed to the Delta variant first identified in India and currently present in 111 countries and territories, according to the World Health Organization.
Infections have jumped in Europe with a daily average of 115,390 cases, an increase of 36% over the previous week.
The Netherlands increased by 512%, Belgium by 103%, Greece by 97%, France by 81% and Italy by 75%.
Elsewhere, the United States recorded a daily average of 25,340 new cases over the past seven days, an increase of 72% over the previous week, although the figure was well below the maximum of 258,000 daily cases. at the peak of the January pandemic.
Asia alone accounted for nearly a third of new cases, recording a daily average of 145,840, up 28%, most in India with about 44,630 daily cases, up 15%.
Indonesia has recorded record infections on a daily average of 41,520, up 45%, as well as deaths.
Brazil ranks second only to India, with an average of 42,960 daily cases over the past seven days, but the figure represents a 15% drop from the previous week.
Latin America and the Caribbean recorded an average of 109,096 new cases for an 11 percent drop.
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