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Coronavirus: WHO reports report a daily increase in new infections

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India has the second largest number of confirmed cases in the world

The World Health Organization (WHO) recorded a record one-day increase in the number of new coronavirus infections, with 307,930 reported in 24 hours.

The agency said deaths had increased by more than 5,500, for a total of 91


The largest increases in infections were reported in India, the United States and Brazil.

There are more than 28 million confirmed cases worldwide, half of which were in America.

The previous one-day record of new cases was on September 6, when the WHO reported 306,857 new infections.

Where do cases rise the steepest?

According to the WHO, India reported 94,372 new cases on Sunday, followed by the United States with 45,523 and Brazil with 43,718.

More than 1,000 new deaths have been reported in the United States and India, while Brazil has said 874 people have died from Covid-19-related disease in the past 24 hours.

India has the second largest number of confirmed cases in the world, after the United States. Last week, it reported nearly two million cases of Covid-19 in August, the highest monthly amount in the world since the pandemic began.

The country saw an average of 64,000 cases a day – an 84% increase from the average daily cases in July, according to official figures. The death toll has exceeded 1,000 every day since early September.

Brazil has registered more than four million cases, the third highest in the world. It has the highest number of deaths in Latin America with about 131,000 so far.

The United States has reported nearly a quarter of the world’s coronavirus cases – more than six million. The number of daily cases increased in July, but has decreased since then.

The United States has the highest recorded death rate in the world from Covid-19, with more than 194,000 deaths.

What is the situation elsewhere?

Countries across Europe are recording a growing number of daily cases amid fears of a virus revival.

Local locks have been imposed in the most affected regions and people are again urged to wear linings and follow the rules of social distancing.

Other countries that have seen a resurgence of the virus include Peru, Israel, South Korea and Australia.

Police in the Australian state of Victoria arrested more than 70 protesters on Sunday for disregarding orders to stay at home. About 250 people attended the protest in the city of Melbourne, which was popularized by social media groups sharing conspiracy theories about the pandemic.

Victoria is the epicenter of Australia’s outbreak, accounting for 75% of cases and 90% of deaths.

Israel, meanwhile, must impose a new blockade across the country as coronavirus cases continue to rise. Strict restrictions will take effect on Friday – the Jewish New Year – and will last at least three weeks, authorities said.

Israel has seen more than 153,000 confirmed infections and 1,108 Covid-19 deaths, according to data from John Hopkins University.

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