WHO reports record daily increase in global COVID-19 cases

A nurse wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) is seen at an old age home in Johannesburg.

A nurse wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) is seen at an old age home in Johannesburg.

AFP/Marco Longari

NEW YORK - The World Health Organization (WHO) reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases on Friday, with the total rising by 284,196 in 24 hours.

Deaths rose by 9,753, the biggest one-day increase since a record high of 9,797 deaths on 30 April.

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The previous WHO record for new cases was 259,848 on 18 July. Deaths have averaged 5,000 a day in July, up from an average of 4,600 a day in June.

The WHO reported 69,641 new cases in the United States, 67,860 in Brazil, 49,310 in India and 13,104 in South Africa. The largest increases in new deaths were 3,876 in Peru, 1,284 in Brazil, 1,074 in the United States, 790 in Mexico and 740 in India.

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India on July 17 became the third country in the world to record more than 1 million cases of the new coronavirus, behind only the United States and Brazil. Epidemiologists say India is still likely months from hitting its peak.

The total number of COVID-19 infections in South Africa has risen to 421,996.

The health department says 250 new deaths have been recorded, taking the national death toll to 6,343.

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