More than 60 million cases of the novel coronavirus have been detected worldwide, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP on Wednesday.
In total 60,014,291 infections, leading to 1,415,258 deaths, have been recorded around the world since the pandemic emerged in China late last year.
The tallies, using data collected by AFP from national authorities and information from the World Health Organization, probably reflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections.
Many countries lack testing capacity, or test only symptomatic cases or the most serious ones.
The European region including Russia has had 17.1 million confirmed infections for nearly 388,000 deaths, making it the region with the most recorded cases.
In the last week, 1.7 million new cases have been documented in 52 countries of the European region, 10 per cent fewer than the preceding week, which shows that the spread of the pandemic there is slowing.
The United States is gripped by a third wave of the coronavirus.