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COVID-19 cases on sharp rise since start of July: AFP tally

AFP
Paris
The coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 565,000 people out of nearly 13 million registered cases worldwide, has been accelerating sharply since the start of July, according to a count carried out by AFP from official sources.
The three biggest daily worldwide increases in new cases were seen on Saturday (more than 230,000), Friday (more than 225,000) and Thursday (nearly 220,000).
Since July 1, nearly 2.5 million new cases have been officially declared, a record level since the outbreak was first reported in China in December. The number of declared cases worldwide has doubled in just a month and a half.
The United States (3,247,782 cases), Brazil (1,839,850), India (849,553), Russia (727,162) and Peru (322,710) account for more than half of the global total.
Worldwide, a total of at least 12,736,737 infections, including 565,151 deaths, have been recorded.
Europe is the most affected continent in terms of fatalities, with 202,396 out of 3,355,128 cases while the hardest-hit country the United States has registered 134,815 deaths.

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