- Latin America and the Caribbean, the pandemic’s current epicentre, have surpassed 6 million infections. At least 777,000 have died globally
- In absolute numbers, the most affected countries are the US, Brazil and India, each recording 100,000-plus cases over the past seven days
Several nations were confronting a worrying spike in new coronavirus infections over the weekend after the number of cases recorded worldwide in a single day hit an all-time high of nearly 300,000.The grim figure for Saturday, reported as 294,237 by the World Health Organisation, puts the number of people infected globally at almost 21.5 million, while more than 777,000 people with Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus, have died.
The previous record daily total was on July 31, when just over 292,000 new cases were reported.In absolute numbers, the most affected countries are the United States, Brazil and India, which each recording more than 100,000 cases over the past seven days.