Where are cases and deaths rising?
Coronavirus cases have surged over the past few months in several regions of the world and the rate of infection is still increasing.
The most recent figures show more than 650,000 new cases reported in 24 hours.
North America is currently seeing the steepest rise in new cases. The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that health workers and health systems “are being pushed to the breaking point”.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said more cases of Covid-19 had been reported in the past four weeks than in the first six months of the pandemic.
“Across Europe and North America, hospitals and ICU units are filling up or full,” he said.
US has most cases and highest death toll
The US has recorded almost 12 million cases and more than 250,000 deaths from coronavirus, the highest figures in the world.
Daily cases have been at record levels since early November as numbers continue to rise across the country in a third wave of infections.
On Thursday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) told Americans to avoid travel for the Thanksgiving holiday amid rising numbers of infections.
The outbreak has had a devastating impact on the US economy, although there are now some signs it is recovering.
Nearly eight million Americans, many of them children and minorities, have fallen into poverty since May, according to researchers.
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Europe cases level off
Daily cases have risen in many European countries since July.
Spain, Italy and the UK have all recorded more than one million cases, France more than two million, but their numbers have either stabilised or started to fall in recent days.
WHO Europe director Hans Kluge says “there is light at the end of the tunnel but it will be a tough six months”.
Second or third rise in cases in some countries
Some countries outside Europe are seeing a second or third rise in cases.
Japan is now on “maximum alert” after seeing a record number of daily cases in a third wave of infections. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga urged people to do all they could to prevent new infections.
The number of new deaths in Japan, however, has remained relatively low. Other countries that have seen a resurgence of the virus include Turkey, Canada and Russia.
Daily cases are increasing worldwide
Several countries around the world are seeing cases spike at the moment.
In the Middle East, both Iran and Jordan have seen the number of daily infections rise sharply in recent weeks.
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In Latin America, Brazil has more than six million confirmed cases and the world’s second highest death toll. There are concerns the country is now facing a second wave of infections.
Argentina, Colombia and Mexico have also recorded more than one million cases, with Peru likely to pass that milestone soon.
India has driven the increase in numbers in Asia, with just over nine million confirmed infections, the second-highest official total in the world after the US.
Africa has recorded more than two million cases, although the true extent of the pandemic there is not known as testing rates are low.
South Africa, with more than 750,000 cases and 20,000 deaths, is still the worst affected country on the continent. Morocco, Egypt and Ethiopia are the only other African countries to officially record more than 100,000 cases.