(Daily Mail), 5 July 2020 - A record 212,326 new cases of the coronavirus were diagnosed worldwide on Saturday July 4, according to the World Health Organisation.
The staggering figure was an 11 per cent rise on the previous record of 190,566, which was set on June 28.
June was the most devastating month for the global pandemic and saw cases top 10 million and deaths surge past 500,000.
The 10million milestone was hit only last Sunday and the total has since risen to 11.3m, meaning more than 1.3million people have been diagnosed in a week. Although many countries in Europe are now emerging from the worst days of the global crisis, the pandemic still rages on in the Americas and Asia.
The biggest contributors to yesterday’s rise in cases were the US, where there were 53,000 more positive tests; Brazil, with 48,000; India with 23,000 and South Africa with 9,000.
The pandemic is now rattling through statistical milestones as it enters its sixth month - in no small part because it has taken hold in the world’s biggest countries.
China, the most populated country in the world, managed to keep a lid on its epidemic early on, if its data is to be believed.
But the next largest populations are all now starting to feel the effects of the global crisis. The US, which has the third biggest population in the world (331million), is bearing the brunt of the global Covid-19 outbreak.
It has recorded a total 2.77million cases and 53,213 of the total announced yesterday - 25 per cent.
Brazil is the sixth most populated country (212million) and is fast becoming the global hotspot for Covid-19. Cases there have soared to 1.57million and 48,105 were recorded yesterday alone, according to the World Health Organisation.
India’s population of 1.38billion people (second globally) are also starting to see the virus spread rapidly among them - there have now been 673,000 in total and were 22,771 yesterday.