WHO reports record daily coronavirus cases rise

The World Health Organisation (WHO) reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases on Friday, with the total rising by 292,527. The biggest increases came from the US, Brazil, India and South Africa, according to a daily report. Deaths rose by 6,812. The four countries have dominated global headlines with large outbreaks.

The previous WHO record for new cases was 284,196 on 24 July. Deaths rose by 9,753 on the same day, the second largest one-day increase ever. Deaths have been averaging 5,200 a day in July, up from an average of 4,600 a day in June.

Nearly 40 countries have reported record single-day increases in coronavirus infections over the last week, around double the number that did so the previous week, according to a Reuters tally showing a pick-up in the pandemic in every region of the world. Cases have been on the rise also in Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Bolivia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Bulgaria, Belgium, Uzbekistan and Israel, among others.

Globally there are over 17.4 million infections and nearly 675,000 deaths, according to a Reuters tally.

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