WHO: Infections from Covid-19 record levels, here are the two most affected continents
The daily cases of COVID-19 have reached record levels worldwide, especially in Europe and the American continent, the World Health Organization said on Friday.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference in Geneva that a record number of cases had been reported in each of the past four days.
"We have to keep in mind that this is an unequal pandemic," Ghebreyesus said. "Countries have reacted differently and countries have been affected differently. Almost 70% of all cases reported globally last week were from 10 countries, and almost half of all cases were from just three countries."
The United States had more new infections over a 24-hour period than any other country, with 63,610, with the total number of cases on Friday at over 8 million, the highest number worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University figures .
The US also has the highest number of victims from COVID-19, with over 218,000 dead.
Growth in five states
The influx into the United States is attributed to rising infection levels in the states of Texas, Illinois, Wisconsin, Florida and California, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins.
India registered 63,371 new cases on Friday, while there was also a significant increase in the number of infections in France, Brazil and Britain.
Worrying growth in Europe
WHO's Maria Van Kerkhove told reporters Friday that 80% of European countries were experiencing significant increases in COVID-19 cases.
In Britain, where Johns Hopkins University reported nearly 19,000 new cases on Friday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned he would force Greater Manchester to impose stricter levels of the country's coronavirus restrictions after local officials refused to impose restrictions on areas with rates high infection.
On Saturday, France will start a curfew from 9pm to 6am for the Paris region and at least seven other cities: Lyon, Grenoble, Aix-en-Provence, Montpelie, Lille, Rouen and Saint -Etienne. The traffic ban will remain in force for at least four weeks.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the governors of the country's 16 states have agreed to impose a new round of restrictions across the country after seeing new COVID-19 record cases. Restrictions include closing bars and restaurants early and limiting the number of people allowed to gather in public.
Merkel said Friday that a planned European Union summit on China's 27-nation bloc policy in Berlin next month was canceled due to the revived pandemic.
Italy reported more than 10,000 new infections in the last 24 hours on Friday, the highest daily number since the pandemic began in the country. Italy has the second highest death toll in Europe after Britain, reporting more than 36,400 deaths since the pandemic began in February.
As of Friday noon, there were more than 39 million cases of COVID-19 worldwide and more than 1.1 million global COVID-19 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.