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Three million people are infected with Covid-19 daily in the world

Current figures are about 440 percent higher than the 56,000 cases reported daily on average between November 18 and 24, 2021, when the omicron strain of coronavirus was discovered in South Africa and Botswana.

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More than three million newly infected coronaviruses are reported worldwide on average between January 13 and 19, or five times more than at the end of November when the omicron strain appeared. an increase of 17 percent over the previous week.

The spread of the omicron strain has caused a rapid acceleration of the pandemic in recent weeks: current figures are about 440 percent higher than the 56,000 cases reported daily between November 18 and 24, 2021, when the omicron strain of coronavirus was discovered in South Africa and Botswana. .

The current data is significantly higher than the numbers in previous waves of covid-19 in the world. Prior to the advent of the omicron, the record was 816,840 cases per day reported on average between 23 and 29 April 2021.

Currently, the highest rates of infection are in Asia (385,572 cases per day on average in the last seven days, which is 68 percent more than the previous week), the Middle East (89,900 infected per day, or 57 percent more) and South America. and the Caribbean (397,098, 40 percent more).

And the number of deaths in the world is currently growing (7,522 deaths per day on average in the last seven days, which is 11 percent more than the previous week) and that number is higher than the figures released in late November.

Severe forms of the disease also appear to be less common in omicron than in delta, a variant that previously dominated.

In the UK, for example, the number of new infections increased by more than 330 per cent on average between late November and early January. At the same time, the number of respiratory patients did not increase.

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