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World surpasses 2 million new daily COVID-19 cases: report

Europe, along with the United States and Canada, are hotspots for infection around the world. (To file)

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The world recorded more than two million daily cases of coronavirus on average between January 1 and January 7, with figures doubling in 10 days, according to an AFP tally on Saturday.

On average, 2,106,118 new daily infections were reported over the seven-day period, shortly after crossing the one million-case threshold in the week of December 23-29, 2021.

The number of new cases worldwide has climbed 270% since the discovery of the highly contagious variant of Omicron in South Africa in late November.

But Covid-related deaths were at their lowest level since October 2020, with an average of 6,237 per day recorded between January 1 and January 7.

Although early studies suggest Omicron causes less severe disease, experts have warned that the large number of cases fueled by the strain could still overwhelm health systems.

Countries around the world have reintroduced restrictions and stepped up vaccination programs in an attempt to stem the spread of the virus.

Europe, along with the United States and Canada, are hotspots for infection around the world. The two regions accounted for 49% and 33% of global Covid cases, respectively, over the past week.

Covid cases have skyrocketed 47% in Europe and 76% in the United States and Canada compared to the previous week.

During the same period, Covid infections increased by 224% in Oceania, 148% in Latin America and the Caribbean, 116% in the Middle East and 145% in Asia.

The number of new cases reported in Africa remained stable but, like elsewhere, was at its highest level since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.

Figures are based on official statistics produced by national health authorities.

A significant proportion of less severe or asymptomatic cases go undetected despite intensified testing regimes since the start of the pandemic.

Testing policies also vary from country to country.

Given the excess mortality linked to Covid-19, the World Health Organization estimates that the overall death toll could be two to three times higher.

(Except for the title, this story was not edited by NDTV staff and is posted from a syndicated feed.)

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