GENEVA, August 7. /TASS/. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the world exceeded 18.61 mln, increasing by more than 259,000 people in 24 hours. According to data released by the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of deaths increased by more than 6,000 and exceeded 702,000.
Thus, 18,614,177 infections and 702,642 deaths were registered globally. The number of the infected increased by 259,344 per day, the number of deaths soared by 6,488.
The day before, 206,709 cases and 5,116 deaths were reported. The organization’s statistics take into account only officially confirmed information on cases of infection and death provided by states.
The North and South American continent ranks first in terms of the number of cases - 9,981,204. Over the day, this figure surged by 139,362. The number of deaths increased by 4,074 to 372,008. In the European Region, 3,477,225 infections and 215,168 deaths were registered. In 24 hours, the number of the infected increased by 25,178, with 430 deaths.
The third place in the number of people infected globally is occupied by Southeast Asia. The number of cases there reached 2,360,721, with 49,572 fatalities. Over the day, the number of cases rose by 61,288, with 1,003 fatalities.
The United States has the biggest number of cases - 4,728,239, followed by Brazil (2,801,921), India (1,964,536), Russia (871,894), South Africa (529,877), Mexico (449,961), Peru (439,890) , Chile (364 723), Colombia (334,979), and Iran (317,483).