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Coronavirus: WHO reports record daily increase in new infections

A temperature check is done on a student waiting to enter an exam center on September 13, 2020 in Amritsar, India.

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

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

The agency said deaths increased by more than 5,500, bringing the global total to 91


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

There have been more than 28 million confirmed cases worldwide, half of them in the Americas.

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

Where are the cases rising fastest?

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 recorded in the United States and India, while Brazil said 874 people have died from diseases related to Covid-19 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 tally in the world since the start of the pandemic.

The country recorded an average of 64,000 cases per day, an 84 percent increase from the average daily cases in July, according to official data. The death toll has reached 1,000 every day since the beginning of September.

Brazil has recorded more than four million cases, the third highest in the world. It has the highest death toll in Latin America, with around 131,000 so far.

The United States has recorded nearly a quarter of the total number of coronavirus cases in the world, more than six million. It saw an increase in the number of daily cases in July, but the numbers have dropped since then.

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

What is the situation elsewhere?

Countries across Europe are seeing an increasing number of cases daily amid fears of a resurgence of the virus.

Local blockades were imposed in the worst affected regions and calls were renewed for people to wear face covers and follow the rules of social distancing.

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

On Sunday, the Australian state of Victoria police arrested more than 70 protesters for breaking orders to stay home. About 250 people had participated in the protest in the city of Melbourne, which was sponsored by social media groups that shared the pandemic conspiracy theories.

Victoria was the epicenter of the Australian epidemic, accounting for 75% of cases and 90% of deaths.

Israel, meanwhile, will impose a new nationwide blockade as coronavirus cases continue to rise. Harsh restrictions will go into effect on Friday – Jewish New Year – and will last at least three weeks, authorities said.

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

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