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Paris: According to statistics from Agence France-Presse, the number of Covid-19 cases worldwide exceeded 150 million on Friday. Due to India’s second wave of unremitting efforts, the number of cases has surged recently.

150.3 million cases have been declared since the virus was first discovered in China in December 2019, according to an AFP compilation of official data.

Worldwide, the number of new daily infections has more than doubled since mid-February.

After the second wave from October to January, the figure had slowed to a little over 350,000 a day. It is now 821,000 a day.

In India, 2.5 million cases have been detected over the past seven days, an average of 357,000 a day — 30 times as many as in mid-February.

The World Health Organization said on Thursday that the explosion of infection was partly to blame on a new variant of the virus and also to failure to comply with virus restrictions.

The countries with the highest total number of recorded cases in the world are the United States (32.3 million), India (18.8 million) and Brazil (14.6 million).

Considering population, the most affected countries are Montenegro (15,457 cases per 100,000 inhabitants), the Czech Republic (15,207 cases per 100,000 population) and Slovenia (11,513 cases per 100,000 population).

Largely due to India, Asia is the continent with the most new daily cases, and the pandemic is the fastest, with a 28% increase in new cases compared to the previous week.

Africa is the only other continent where new cases are increasing every day, but it has only increased by 3%.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, new daily infections have stabilised, and the figure is decreasing in Europe (down by 18 percent) and in the United States (down by 12 percent).

Since the discovery of the virus, more than a third of worldwide cases have been recorded in Europe — over 50.2 million.

The United States and Canada are the second most affected continent, with 33.5 million, followed by Latin America and the Caribbean (28.7 cases) and Asia (25.6 million).

Almost 3.2 million deaths linked to Covid-19 have been recorded across the globe.  

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