The number of new coronavirus cases has increased by almost 260,000 in 24 hours – the largest increase in a day since the start of the pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Saturday.
According to the WHO, this is the first time that the number of new daily infections has exceeded a quarter of a million.
The largest increases were recorded in the United States, Brazil, India and South Africa.
The global death toll from the coronavirus also rose by 7,360 – the biggest daily increase since May 10.
The record increase in new confirmed cases was recorded by the WHO just a day earlier.
The total number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus surpassed 14 million on Saturday, with more than 600,000 deaths recorded, according to the tally kept by the American University Johns Hopkins.
What’s going on in the United States?
Cases are multiplying in several American states, in particular in the southern states which were initially reluctant to impose locks or to impose masks. Florida, Texas and Arizona experienced particularly high peaks.
Florida is currently the epicenter of the American epidemic. The state recorded more than 10,000 new infections and 90 more deaths on Saturday, bringing its total number of cases to more than 337,000 and its death toll to more than 5,000.
In recent weeks, hospitals in the state have also warned that their intensive care units are at full capacity and that they are unable to accept new patients.
Measures to stem the spread of the virus, including wearing masks, have become highly politicized in the United States.
Leading US infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci on Friday urged local and state leaders to use “strength” to ensure people wear masks, although President Donald Trump later said that ‘it would not impose the wearing of masks at the national level.
What other countries are experiencing outbreaks?
In Brazil, where the coronavirus and measures to contain it have been highly politicized, cases continue to rise – although the WHO announced earlier this week that cases are no longer increasing exponentially.
Scientists have also warned that India could still be months away from the peak of its epidemic – despite the country already having the third highest number of confirmed cases. Hospitals in the hardest hit cities, including Mumbai and Bangalore, were overwhelmed with patients.
India on Saturday recorded 34,884 other infections over a 24-hour period and 671 other deaths related to the coronavirus.
And South Africa, which has seen one of the largest single-day increases, has the highest number of confirmed infections on the African continent.
What’s going on in Europe?
Western European countries, which have managed to largely contain the spread of the virus, are now starting to reopen their borders and businesses.
However, there are surges located across Spain – the worst being in the northeast region of Catalonia.
The region has again seen a daily increase in confirmed cases of more than 1,000, and around four million people in Barcelona, La Noguera and El Segrià have been ordered to stay at home for 15 days.
Among the measures imposed are the ban on public or private meetings of more than 10 people, the ban on visits to nursing homes and the closure of sports halls and nightclubs.
Spain did not end its difficult national foreclosure about four weeks ago and hoped to revive the economy, particularly with tourism.
Barcelona streets were reported more empty on Saturday, though some residents may have defied orders and drove in cars to second homes.
Neighboring France is now considering closing its borders with Spain in response to the outbreak.
When asked if a border closure was possible, the new Prime Minister Jean Castex said: “We are monitoring this very closely, here in particular, because it is a real issue which we must also discuss with the authorities Spanish. ”
The French border was not reopened to citizens until June 21.
How are EU plans for coronavirus relief doing?
On Saturday, discussions in Brussels on a huge post-coronavirus economic recovery plan continued.
The second day of discussions received mixed reviews. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said talks were deadlocked, but Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said he thought they were going in the right direction.
Some “frugal” northern countries like the Netherlands and Sweden backed off from the 750 billion euro package ($ 857 billion; £ 680 billion), arguing that it should be loans and no subsidies.
A revised plan would ease the level of subsidies, but there seems to be a long way to go.
Sunday begins the third day of talks.