Global coronavirus report: WHO sees record daily rise in cases around world

Global coronavirus report: WHO sees record daily rise in cases around world

  • India reports more than 94,000 new cases; Israel the first to reimpose national lockdown; encouraging signs in Australian state of Victoria

The World Health Organization reported a record one-day increase in global coronavirus cases on Sunday, with the total rising by 307,930 in 24 hours.

The biggest increases were from India, the United States and Brazil, according to the agency’s website. Deaths rose by 5,537 to a total of 917,417.

India reported 94,372 new cases, followed by the US with 45,523 new infections and Brazil with 43,718. Both the US and India each reported more than 1,000 new deaths and Brazil reported 874 lives lost in the past 24 hours.

The previous World Health Organization (WHO) record for new cases was 306,857 on 6 September. The agency reported a record 12,430 deaths on 17 April.

India leads the world in new daily case numbers and set a global record last week with 97,570 cases reported in a single day, according to Johns Hopkins University.

In some parts of India, medical oxygen is becoming hard to find as total cases exceed 4.75 million. Only the US has recorded more cases, at 6.5 million.

New cases are falling in the US and are down about 44% from a peak of more than 77,000 new cases reported on 16 July. Cases in Brazil are also trending downward.

US president Donald Trump held a Nevada campaign rally at an indoor venue on Sunday, despite public health professionals’ warnings against large indoor gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic. People in the crowd were seated close together and many did not wear masks.