More than 60 million new cases of coronavirus have been discovered worldwide, according to official AFP estimates as of 1830 GMT on Wednesday.
Since the outbreak of the pandemic in China late last year, a total of 60,014,291 infections have been reported worldwide, resulting in 1,415,258 deaths.
These counts, using data from national authorities and information from the World Health Organization, probably reflect only a small fraction of the actual number of infections.
In many countries, there is no capacity to test or only the most severe or symptomatic cases are tested.
The European region, including Russia, has 17.1 million confirmed cases of infection, making it the region with the most recorded cases.
In the 52 countries of the European Region, 1.7 million new cases were reported last week, 10% less than the previous week, indicating a slowdown in the spread of the pandemic in the region.
The United States of America is covered by the third wave of coronavirus.
The country is approaching 13 million confirmed cases, killing more than 260,000 people, or more than one-fifth of all reported infections worldwide.
And the number of positive cases continues to rise, with an 11% increase in new infections detected during the week, or more than 1.2 million, compared to 1.1 million the previous week.
Europe is followed by the United States and Canada (13 million 272,183 deaths), Latin America and the Caribbean (12.6 million 438,098 deaths), and Asia (12.1 million 190,108 deaths).
Then come the Middle East (3.2 million, 75,700 deaths), Africa (2.1 million, 50,422 deaths) and Oceania (over 30,000, 941 deaths).