The number of daily new Covid cases worldwide has crossed one million for the first time since the pandemic began two years ago, according to an AFP news agency tally this morning.
The figures for 23-29 December, the highest since the virus first emerged at the end of 2019, are based on tolls given daily by health authorities in each country.
More than 7.3 million new Covid-19 cases were detected around the world in the last seven days an average of over One million infections every day following a surge in cases of the highly contagious Omicron variant.
The numbers are much higher than the last record before the current wave when daily cases stood at less than Eight Hundred Seventeen thousand “817,000” on average between April 23 and 29.
A large share of the less serious or asymptomatic cases remain undetected despite ramped up testing in many countries since the pandemic began.END.