WHO announces record high number of new coronavirus cases, biggest day-long increase

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TORONTO – The World Health Organization said its member countries reported more than 212,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, the highest total on a day and increasing since the start of the pandemic. The UN health agency said more than half of new confirmed infections have been reported in Brazil and the United States – the two countries that also have the highest number of deaths from COVID-19 in the world. .

The United States reported more than 50,000 new confirmed cases nationwide on Saturday, while Brazil reported nearly 38,000 new infections and 1,091 deaths.

India also reported its highest single-day peak, with 22,771 new confirmed cases for a total of more than 648,000, while South Africa and Russia also recorded increases in infections. Latin America and the Caribbean surpassed Europe in their total number of cases with more than 2.7 million infections.

The increases are happening even as some parts of the world are going ahead with plans to reopen. This includes Canada, Britain and parts of Europe where the number of new cases has decreased, but also in some US states where they have not.

The United States recently reported a record increase in the daily number of COVID-19 cases, with infections increasing in 40 of its 50 states. Florida and Texas have become the country’s latest hot spots, reporting nearly 20,000 new infections combined.

Many parades and fireworks on July 4 have been canceled due to the virus, but health officials have warned that Independence Day celebrations may increase the number of cases.

Some experts say that the reopening of bars and restaurants in the United States is to blame for a spike in infections from customers who have abandoned physical distancing rules after having a few drinks.

According to a count by Johns Hopkins University, more than 11.1 million people worldwide are infected with the virus, including 2.8 million in the United States. However, due to the shortage of analytical equipment worldwide, WHO says that the exact number of COVID-19 cases is not known.

As of Sunday morning, there were over 105,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada with 8,674 deaths. Nearly 69,000 Canadians have recovered.

With files from the Associated Press

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