Worldwide COVID-19 cases passed 150 million on Friday, based on researches, with numbers soaring recently due to a relentless second wave in India. 150.3 million cases have been recorded so far since the discovery of the virus when it all started in Wuhan China December 2019.

Worldwide, the number of new daily infections has more than doubled since mid-February even after the vaccine has been provided. However, after the second wave from October to January, the figure had slowed to a little over 350,000 a day. It is now 821,000 a day. 

In India, 2.5 million cases have been recorded over the past seven days, an average of 357,000 a day — 30 times as many as in mid-February. 

The eruption in infections has been blamed in part on a new virus variant, but also on failure to follow virus restrictions, the World Health Organisation said on Thursday. 

The countries in the world with the highest total number of recorded cases are the United States (32.3 million), India (18.8 million), and Brazil (14.6 million). Taking into account population, the most-affected countries are Montenegro (15,457 cases per 100,000 residents), the Czech Republic (15,207 per 100,000) and Slovenia (11,513 per 100,000). 

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