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WHO reports record daily increase in global Covid-19 cases

  • Published at 12:39 pm July 13th, 2020
File photo: People enjoy the beach as the coronavirus disease restrictions ease in Gaza City July 3, 2020 Reuters

The biggest increases were from the United States, Brazil, India and South Africa

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases on Sunday, with the total rising by 230,370 in 24 hours.

The biggest increases were from the United States, Brazil, India and South Africa, according to a daily report. The previous WHO record for new cases was 228,102 on July 10. Deaths remained steady at about 5,000 a day, reports Reuters.

The novel coronavirus has so far infected 13,042,340 people worldwide on Monday, killing 571,689, pandemic data tracker website Worldometers figures show.

Infections have been reported in more than 213 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019. Some 7,588,510 people have recovered from the coronavirus.

The United States is the hardest-hit country with 137,782 deaths. It is followed by Brazil with 72,151, Britain with 44,819, Mexico with 35,006, Italy with 34,954, France with 30,004, India with 23,194, Iran with 12,829, Peru with 11,870 and Russia with 11,335, fatalities, reports AFP.

The pandemic has been accelerating sharply since the start of July, according to a count carried out by AFP from official sources.

Sri Lanka cancels rallies

Sri Lanka's ruling party calls off its rallies ahead of parliamentary elections on August 5 and delays the planned August 1 reopening of the international airport.

A swathe of cases has emerged in the last week, including an outbreak at a drug rehabilitation centre that saw 253 patients test positive in a single night.

Trump wears mask

US President Donald Trump wears a face mask in public for the first time, donning a dark mask with the presidential seal as he walks through the corridors of Walter Reed military hospital outside Washington to meet wounded veterans.

Hungary gets tough on travel

Hungary's government says it is barring travel from Africa, most of Asia apart from China and Japan, and restricting entry from several European countries after worldwide spikes in cases.

Indonesia outbreak

Nearly 1,300 people at the Indonesian Army Officer Candidate School in the country's most populated province of West Java test positive and are quarantined, with 30 initially hospitalised with mild symptoms, an official says.

Of the 1,280 confirmed infections, 991 are cadets and the rest are staff and their family members. Most have no symptoms.

South Africa declares night curfew

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa re-imposes a night curfew and suspends alcohol sales again as infections spike.

"As we head towards the peak of infections, it is vital that we do not burden our clinics and hospitals with alcohol-related injuries that could have been avoided," Ramaphosa says in an address to the nation.

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