The World Health Organization (WHO) reported more than 210,000 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus around the world on Saturday, marking a new high infection rate over a 24-hour period.
Agency data showed that 211,411 cases of the virus were confirmed worldwide, which represents a 20 percent increase from the previous day. The previous one-day high infections were reported on June 28, when approximately 190,000 cases of the virus were confirmed globally.
As of Sunday, health officials had reported more than 11 million cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, and about 530,000 deaths from that worldwide, according to a Johns Hopkins University database.
The country reported more than 50,000 cases of the virus in a single day for the first time last Wednesday. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that 57,718 new cases and 661 new deaths were reported on Saturday. Florida alone reported more than 11,000 cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, a new record for the state.
The consistent uptake in cases has led to a more aggressive push by federal and state leaders for Americans to wear face masks and stick to social distance. While President TrumpDonald John TrumpProtestors demolish statue of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore “Independence Day” star Bill Pullman urges Americans to wear a “freedom mask” in July 4 PSA protesters burn the American flag outside the White House after Trump’s Fourth of July address MORE has downplayed the severity of the outbreak, leading health officials have said the window closes for the United States to counter the spread of the virus.
“We have to act, and people as individuals must act responsibly. We need social distance. We have to wear our face coverings if we are in settings where we cannot socialize, especially in these hot zones, ”Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary Alex Azar said last week while picking up the upward trend in cases.
Outside the United States, Brazil has reported most cases of coronavirus by any nation in the world. The country had reported about 1.5 million virus cases and about 64,000 deaths as of Sunday. WHO data show that it has reported more than 40,000 new virus cases for three days in a row.
India has also experienced an increase in infections, reporting just over 24,800 confirmed cases on Saturday, according to WHO. The figure marked a new height for the country, which has seen an upward trajectory in the fall for weeks.
It is believed that the new corona virus first appeared in Wuhan, China, in December before being rapidly spread worldwide. The outbreak increased everyday life in dozens of countries, leading to strict orders for home and other quarantine measures.
Many parts of Europe and Asia have relaxed restrictions since the outbreak began.
WHO said in April that clinical trials had begun for three vaccines, with more than 70 under development. The Agency is also conducting a global study of experimental treatments for COVID-19.
The agency announced on Saturday that it stopped trials of hydroxychloroquine, Trump’s anti-malaria drug, and HIV treatment lopinavir-ritonavir after discovering that they did not lower the mortality rate of hospitalized COVID-19 patients.