The World Health Organisation (WHO) has reported a record one-day increase in new global COVID-19 infection cases on Sunday, with the total rising by 307,930 in 24 hours.
According to the agency’s website, the biggest rise was seen in countries like India, the United States, and Brazil. The website also shows an increase in death by more than 5,500, bringing the global COVID-19 death tally to 917,417.
Out of the above record, India reported 94,372 new cases, followed by the US with 45,523 and Brazil with 43,718. Both the US and India each recorded more than 1,000 new deaths, while in Brazil, 874 lost their lives from COVID-19 related illness in the past 24 hours.
Worldwide there have been more than 28.5 million confirmed cases, half of which have been in the Americas.
The previous one-day record for new cases was on September 6, when the WHO reported 306,857 new infections, while the agency reported a record deaths 12,430 on April 17.
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India has the second-largest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the world, behind the US. Last week it reported nearly two million Covid-19 cases, the highest monthly tally in the world since the pandemic began. Moreover, it also recorded a single-day rise in new infection with over 97,000 COVID-19 cases.
The country saw an average of 64,000 cases per day – an 84 per cent hike from average daily cases in July, according to official data. The death toll has surpassed 1,000 every day since the beginning of September. In some parts of the country, medical oxygen is becoming difficult to obtain as total cases exceed 4.75 million.
The US has witnessed a fall in new COVID-19 cases by 44 per cent from a peak of over 77,000 new cases reported on July 16. It has recorded almost a quarter of the total number of global COVID-19 – more than six million with over 191,809 deaths.
Meanwhile, Brazil, the third-largest infected nation, is also witnessing a fall in the number of cases. The nation has the highest number of deaths in Latin America, with about 131,000 so far.
What about rest of the world?
Countries across Europe are reporting a rising number of daily cases amid fears of a resurgence of the virus. Other countries that have seen a resurgence of the virus include Peru, Israel, South Korea, and Australia.
One bright spot is that Victoria which has been the epicenter of Australia’s outbreak, accounting for 75 per cent of cases and 90 per cent of deaths on Monday reported 35 new cases, its lowest daily rise in infections since late June.
In Israel, will enter a three-week nationwide lockdown starting on Friday after a second-wave surge of new cases, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday. As the Jewish high-holiday season is fast approaching strict restrictions will come into effect on Friday – Jewish new year – and will last at least three weeks, authorities said.
According to a tally by the WHO website, Israel has over 1.4 lakh cases and with above 1,000 deaths from COVID-19.
Today, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Director-General of WHO in a Live confess stated that “pointing hands will never save any life.” He further added that this is not the first or last pandemic which the world will face, and we need to prepare the future generation to face such a threat for more sustainable living.