Record-breaking: 260,000 new COVID-19 cases in a single day, WHO confirms

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On Saturday the global coronavirus caseload has broken all records – 260,000 news infections were confirmed from around the world in 24-hours, the largest single-day spurt since the pandemic broke out, the World Health Organization confirms.

The record-breaking caseload comes a day after WHO recorded the previous largest number of cases in a day. Now global caseload has surpassed 14 million, per the US-based Johns Hopkins University data.

According to WHO this is the first time global caseload has recorded such a tremendous number of cases in a day, BBC reports. The global death toll also increased by 7,360 in a single day – highest since May 10th.

The US, Brazil, India, and South America are reportedly contributing to the majority of the 260k stake of virus caseload around the world.

34,884 new infections were recorded in India on Saturday, taking the national total to 1,077,781. Indias worst-hit states include Maharashtra, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andra Pradesh, and so on according to Federal health ministry data. Having one of the lowest-funded healthcare systems in the world, India is struggling to keep the situation under control.

Meanwhile, in Brazil, the second most number of COVID infections in the world, there are currently 2,074,860 cases. In hindsight, however, the WHO has recently said COVID-19 cases in brazil have ‘plateaued,’ and that now is the best time to drive the caseload down, Al Jazeera reports.

In the US there are nearly 4 million total COVID cases with the highest in New York, followed by California, Florida, and Texas among other regions. Reuters notes that the country in the recent week has re-imposed lockdown in several states amid re-opening trails, but the move has ‘limited success.’

According to Reuters, in July, the daily average death toll has gone up from 4800 in June to 4600 this month. In seven months more than 600,000 thousand people have lost their lives to the novel coronavirus.

(Cover image courtesy of Spc. Miguel Pena via U.S. Army Reserve)