WHO reports hike in global daily COVID-19 cases


A global hike in daily coronavirus cases with 212,326 cases confirmed 24 hours up to 2pm on Sunday has been reported by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

It was reported that infection rate in North and South America were especially very high.

There are now 10,922,329 confirmed cases and 523011 deaths ,overall.

The largest increases occurred in the US, Brazil and India taking the cumulative total past the previous record of 189,077, set on June 28. In the US, there were a further 53,213 cases reported in the latest 24-hour period, ahead of Brazil (48,105) and India (22,771).

Across Europe, the figure rose by 19,694. Russia added 6,632 COVID-19 cases in 24 hours, raising its total number of infections to 674,515, its coronavirus response centre said in a statement yesterday.

The death toll grew by 168 to 10,027, while 446,879 people have now recovered, including 8,986 over the last 24 hours, according to the statement.

Moscow, the country’s worst-hit region, reported 680 new cases, taking its tally of infections to 224,210.

As of Friday, 280,415 people were still under medical observation, while more than 20.7 million COVID-19 lab tests have been conducted nationwide, Russia’s consumer rights and human well-being watchdog.

While concern in many parts of the world centres around a second wave, the Americas are still struggling with the first.

Florida reported a record number of cases yesterday, the latest sign that the virus is surging in many parts of the United States amidst Independence day celebrations .

The State reported 11,445 new cases, bringing the state-wide total to over 190,000, while there has also been a spike in Texas.

In Brazil, a total of 48,105 cases were confirmed in the 24 hours up to 4 July.

The country has reported 1,539,081 infections, so far.

Covid-19 deaths in the country are expected to reach 125,000 by 4 August, according to estimates from the University of Washington.

Meanwhile, President Jair Bolsonaro has been widely criticised for claiming the COVID-10 disease is only a “little flu” and disregarding social distancing in that regard ,by attending mass political rallies where he not only shook hands but also held babies .

Fatimah Oyesanmi

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