According to Reuters statistics, the number of coronavirus infections globally exceeded 50 million cases on Sunday, with the second virus wave in the past 30 days accounting for a quarter of the total.
October was the worst month for the pandemic to date, with the United States becoming the first country to report more than 100,000 cases daily. The increase in Europe contributed to this increase.
The latest seven-day average shows the number of daily infections globally growing by more than 540,000.
More than 1.25 million people died from respiratory disease that appeared in China late last year.
The recent acceleration of the pandemic has been very intense. It took 32 days for the number of cases to grow from 30 million to 40 million. It only took 21 days to add another 10 million.
Europe, with about 12 million cases, is the worst affected region, surpassing Latin America. Europe accounts for 24% of all COVID-19 deaths.
According to Reuters analysis, the region is recording about 1 million new infections every three days or so. That’s 51% of the global total.
France is recording 54,440 cases per day on an average of the last seven days, a higher rate than India with a much larger population.
The second wave globally is testing health care systems across Europe, prompting Germany, France and the UK to order more citizens to return to their homes.
Denmark, which has imposed a new population restriction in some northern regions, ordered the destruction of its 17 million weasels after a mutation of coronavirus found in the animal spread to people.
According to Reuters data, the US, with about 20% of global cases, is facing the worst increase, recording more than 100,000 cases of coronavirus infection daily. It reported a record more than 130,000 cases on Saturday.
The latest US surge coincided with the final month of the election campaign in which President Donald Trump reduced the severity of the pandemic and his successful challenger, Joe Biden, urged a more science-based approach.
Stanford University economists estimate in a research article that some of Trump’s protests, some open-ended, few masks and less socially distant, have resulted in 30,000 schools. Incorporates are additionally confirmed and could lead to more than 700 deaths.
In Asia, India has the second-highest top-up in the world but has declined steadily since September, even though the Hindu festival season has begun. According to Reuters data, the total number of cases exceeded 8.5 million on Friday and the daily average was 46,200.
(This story has been filtered to correct the date in the dateline)
Reports by Anurag Maan, Shaina Ahluwalia and Kavya B of Bengaluru; Edited by William Mallard and Edmund Blair