Paris | More than 400,000 new cases of COVID-19 contamination were announced worldwide on Thursday alone, a record according to the count made by AFP on Friday from reports provided by health authorities.
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A total of 404,758 new infections were reported, resulting in 6,086 new deaths.
This increase in the number of cases reported worldwide is only partly explained by the increase in the number of tests carried out since the first wave of the epidemic in March-April worldwide.
In Europe, but also in the United States and Canada, the number of cases detected has risen sharply in one week, respectively 44% and 17% compared to the previous week.
In Europe, the maximum number of cases identified since the start of the pandemic was even reached on Thursday, with more than 150,000 new cases in the region.
Several countries on the continent believe they have entered a second wave of the epidemic. The number of deaths recorded is still far from the levels reached in April (more than 4,000 daily deaths were then recorded on average), but after a slowdown this summer (less than 400 deaths per day in July), the past week saw the region again exceed an average of 1,000 daily deaths.
In the United States, where the number of cases announced had declined in September, after a peak in mid-July, contaminations are also on the rise, with an average of more than 50,000 new cases daily over the past seven days, and peaked Thursday at over 70,000.