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World Breaks Daily Covid Case Record

World Breaks Daily Covid Case Record

Thursday, 20 January, 2022 - 18:15
People wearing face masks cross the street in Bucharest, Romania, 20 January 2022. EPA/ROBERT GHEMENT

The world registered a record-high average of more than three million coronavirus cases a day between January 13 and 19, fueled by the Omicron variant, an AFP tally showed Thursday.

The figure has increased more than five-fold since the highly transmissible strain was detected in South Africa and Botswana in late November 2021.

An average of 3,095,971 daily cases were reported over the past seven days, an increase of 17 percent compared with the previous week.

Before Omicron emerged, the previous record for average global daily infections was around 800,000 in late April 2021.

Current infection levels are around 440 percent higher than the daily average for the week ending November 24, 2021, when South Africa reported Omicron to the World Health Organization.

The world recorded an average of 7,522 Covid-related deaths a day between January 13 and 19, an 11-percent rise on the previous week although Omicron has so far seemed to cause less serious illness than the previously dominant Delta variant.

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