Single-day COVID-19 cases globally hit record high, says WHO

   by Daniel Binns 

A record one-day rise in the number of new coronavirus cases around the world has been recorded. "We are getting some signs now that it will help for one group and not for the other", he said.

"We are going to see 1,000 infections soon".

Worldwide there have been more than 28 million confirmed cases, half of which have been in the Americas.

In countries covered by WHO Europe, the number of daily deaths has remained at around the same level since early June, with around 400-500 deaths per day linked to Covid-19, agency data showed.

The biggest increases were from India, the United States and Brazil, according to the agency's website.

The country also reported 14,768 new cases, taking the total caseload to 4,330,455.

The spike prompted epidemiologist Roman Prymula, the government's commissioner for science and research in healthcare, to warn that a second wave had started and hospitalisations would soon rise.

"It's as if we wait for the plane to crash, then call for more safety inspections". Recent infections have been more common among younger people who often develop no symptoms thanks to their stronger immune systems.

To curb infections, the authorities have imposed fresh restrictions, ordering the closure of nightclubs and cocktail bars last month and making the use of face masks mandatory in public.

In a statement on Sunday, the World Health Organization said that there were 307,930 new cases globally in the last 24 hours, the highest single-day figure ever registered and about 1,000 more than the previous recording-setting daily caseload a week earlier, reports Xinhua news agency.



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