More than 284,000 new COVID-19 cases of Friday are from World Health Organization member nations. This has set a new record for the highest single-day total since the pandemic started. According to the UN health agency, North and South America recorded more than half of the new confirmed infections, with about 70,000 and 67,000 new cases reported in the United States and Brazil, respectively. Globally, there were nearly 10,000 new deaths reported on Friday, out of which the U.S. recorded 1,074 new deaths while Brazil recorded 1,284.
With 284,083 new confirmed infections on Saturday, Friday and Saturday are by far the highest two-day total for COVID-19 diagnoses yet. Moreover, there are fears of a more widespread second wave as parts of Europe and Asia are seeing an increase in new cases. The health agency said that it is worrying to see the upwards trajectory in case numbers. The WHO said in a statement that this increase is driven by high transmission in large and populous countries in the Americas and South Asia, and no country is unaffected.
On Friday, India reported new cases of 49,310 from a total of more than 1.3 million were the highest single-day spike. Other countries that saw a surge in new infections include Bangladesh, Indonesia, and China. In Europe, Spain saw an increase of 2,615 infections causing the country to close its nightlife and beaches in some regions while Russia recorded 5,811 new cases. Other EU countries have issued new warnings against travel to Spain because of the rise of Covid-19 cases. Other countries which have also seen a rise in new cases include France, Germany, Australia, and Japan.
According to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University, there have been more than 640,000 deaths and 15.7 million COVID-19 cases reported globally. However, WHO says the exact number of COVID-19 cases is unknown because of shortages of testing materials across the globe. In Canada, there are more than 113,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 8,885 deaths as of Sunday morning. The good thing is that about 99,000 Canadians have recovered from the virus.