Geneva: The global number of coronavirus cases exceeded 5 million on Wednesday, and Latin America surpassed the United States and Europe in the past week, making up most of the new daily cases worldwide.
It is a new phase in the spread of the virus, which initially peaked in China in February, followed by large-scale outbreaks in Europe and the United States.
Of the 91,000 cases reported earlier this week, Latin America accounted for about a third. Europe and the United States each account for more than 20%.
A large number of new cases from Brazil, Brazil recently surpassed Germany, France and the United Kingdom, becoming the third largest outbreak in the world after the United States and Russia.
Now, cases in Brazil are increasing every day, second only to the United States.
The first 41 cases of coronavirus were confirmed on January 10 in Wuhan, China, and the first million cases were reached worldwide on April 1. About a million new cases have been reported every two weeks since then, according to Reuters statistics.
In less than six months, the number of people infected with the virus each year exceeded the total number of cases of severe influenza. According to World Health Organization estimates, the number of people infected with the virus annually is about 3 to 5 million.
The pandemic has claimed the lives of more than 326,000 people, although the test is still limited and many countries have no deaths outside of the hospital, so the actual number is considered higher. In Europe, the death toll accounts for more than half of the total death toll.
Although the number of cases continues to rise, many countries are still opening schools and workplaces because of the weeks that prevented the spread of this situation.
Early results from the first human vaccine trial expected to be conducted in the United States have also given financial markets a slight boost.