Coronavirus: WHO reports daily increase in new infections


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India has the second largest number of confirmed cases in the world

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recorded a one-day increase in the number of new coronovirus infections, with 307,930 reports reported over the course of 24 hours.

The agency said the number of deaths exceeded 5,500, bringing the global total to 917,417.

The largest increases were reported in infections in India, America and Brazil.

There are more than 28 million confirmed cases worldwide, half of which are in the US.

The previous one-day record for new cases was on 6 September when the WHO reported 306,857 new infections.

Where are the most cases increasing?

According to the WHO, India registered 94,372 new cases on Sunday, followed by the US with 45,523 and Brazil with 43,718.

More than 1,000 new deaths were reported in the US and India, while Brazil said 874 people died of Kovid-19 related illness in the last 24 hours.

India has the second largest number of confirmed cases in the world after the US. Last week it reported about two million Kovid-19 cases in August, the highest monthly tally in the world since the epidemic.

According to official figures, the country saw an average of 64,000 cases per day – an increase of 84% from the average daily cases in July. Since the beginning of September, the number of deaths per day has topped 1,000.

More than four million cases have been reported in Brazil, the third largest in the world. The highest number of deaths so far occurred in Latin America, with 131,000.

The US has recorded about a quarter of the world’s total number of coronovirus cases – more than six million. It saw an increase in the number of daily cases in July, but the number has since fallen.

Kovid-19 has the world’s highest recorded deaths in the US, killing more than 194,000 people.

What is the situation elsewhere?

Countries across Europe are registering an increase in daily numbers amid fears of a resurgence of the virus.

Local lockdowns have been imposed in the worst-hit areas, and people have been appealed to cover the face and comply with social security regulations.

Other countries that have witnessed the resurgence of the virus include Peru, Israel, South Korea and Australia.

On Sunday, police arrested more than 70 protesters in the Australian state of Victoria for breaking domestic orders to restrain them. Around 250 people took part in the protests in Melbourne city, which was promoted by social media groups sharing a conspiracy about the epidemic.

Victoria has been the epicenter of Australia outbreaks for 75% of cases and 90% of deaths.

Meanwhile, Israel is to implement a new nationwide lockdown, as cases of coronovirus continue to increase. Officials said Jewish restrictions will come into force from Friday – the Jewish New Year and will last for at least three weeks.

According to a tally at Johns Hopkins University, Israel has seen more than 153,000 confirmed infections and 1,108 deaths from Kovid-19.