COVID-19: WHO reports record single-day global increase in cases

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The number of new cases of coronavirus rose by almost 260,000 in 24 hours - the largest single-day increase since the pandemic began, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday.

According to the WHO, this is the first time the number of new daily infections has surpassed a quarter of a million.

The biggest increases were in the US, Brazil, India and South Africa.

The global death toll from coronavirus also rose by 7,360 - the largest daily increase since 10 May.

The previous record rise in new confirmed cases was recorded by the WHO just one day earlier.

The total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus passed 14 million on Saturday, with over 600,000 recorded deaths, according to the tally kept by US-based Johns Hopkins University.

Cases are surging in several US states, particularly in southern states that were initially reluctant to enforce lockdowns or mandate the wearing of masks. Florida, Texas and Arizona have seen particularly high surges.

Florida is currently the epicentre of the US epidemic. The state recorded more than 10,000 new infections and 90 more deaths on Saturday, bringing its total number of cases to more than 337,000 and its death toll to more than 5,000.

In recent weeks, hospitals across the state had also warned that their ICUs were at capacity and that they were unable to accept any new patients.

Measures to stem the spread of the virus, including wearing masks, have become highly politicised in the US.

  Comments - 6

  • BigEars Sunday, 19 July 2020 12:22 PM

    This is all what this lame duck WHO can do.

    Sokrates Sunday, 19 July 2020 12:40 PM

    This is how it can happen if elections are pending

    Chris O Sunday, 19 July 2020 10:54 PM

    I pity you. You are such a sad and negative person. Sri Lanka will hold elections come August as will the USA in November. So what do you have against exercising your franchise? Do you think America will postpone elections? Trump will dearly love to, but elections will be held on Tuesday, 3rd November 2020.

    Premalal Perera Sunday, 19 July 2020 06:19 PM

    WHO is totally complicit in this global tragedy. The current board led by the Ethiopian bureaucrat should be held personally responsible for deliberately covering up for the Chinese.

    Lawry Sunday, 19 July 2020 08:12 PM

    America the so called world leader has failed. Hope maniacs don't lead the gullible illogical citizens at least from now on.

    Danny Tuesday, 21 July 2020 05:45 PM

    To. Lawry. Americans have not failed anyone. You are gullible to believe what WHO say. Everyone know the credentials of WHO Chinese puppet. I feel pity for you


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