The World Health Organization stated that its member nations had reported more than 212,000 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, the highest single-day total and increase since the start of the pandemic. According to the UN health agency, Brazil and the United States, which also have the highest COVID-19 death tolls in the world, have more than half of the new confirmed infections reported.
On Saturday, Brazil recorded nearly 38,000 new infections and 1,091 deaths, while the U.S. reported more than 50,000 new confirmed cases nationwide. On the other hand, India reported 22,771 new confirmed cases for a total of more than 648,000, which is its highest single-day spike. At the same time, South Africa and Russia also saw a surge in infections. With more than 2.7 million infections, Latin America and the Caribbean passed Europe in their total number of cases.
While several parts of the world forge ahead with reopening plans, the increases are occurring. This excludes Canada, Britain, some U.S. states, and parts of Europe where new case numbers have been declining. With infections now climbing in 40 of its 50 states, the U.S. has recently been reporting record rises in daily COVID-19 case numbers. Florida and Texas reported nearly 20,000 new infections combined and emerged as the latest hot spots in the country.
Because of the virus, many Fourth of July parades and fireworks displays were canceled. However, health authorities warned that Independence Day celebrations could add to rising case numbers. Various experts believe that the reopening of bars and restaurants in the U.S. is to blame for a spike in infections. According to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University, more than 11.1 million people globally are known to have been infected with the virus. 2.8 million of them are from the U.S.