Ireland announces a massive surge in coronavirus cases and breaks the infection record of the US and the UK in recent weeks.

Ireland records the worst coronavirus infection rate in Europe, recording more than 45,000 new cases at the start of the New Year.

According to the new statistics compiled by Johns Hopkins University and online scientific publication of Oxford University, Ireland has noticed a significant increase in infection rates than other European Nations and the United States, reported by The Irish Times.

Ireland documented 1267 cases per million, based on the recorded cases during the seven days of January.

In early December, the country had the least infection rate in Europe, an average of 50 cases per million.

However, the US recorded 734.9 cases per million and the United Kingdom documented 881.3 cases per million dealing with the contagious strain of the virus.