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World Health Organization reports highest one-day rise in COVID-19 infections

Published on 14/09/20 at 12:00pm
Photo by United States Mission Geneva

The World Health Organization has recorded the largest daily rise of coronavirus infection worldwide since the pandemic began. 

This was driven primarily by infections in the US, Brazil and India, and totalled 307,930 new cases over 24 hours. India had 94,372 cases on Sunday, followed by 45,523 in the US and 43,718 in Brazil. Global deaths rose by 5,500 which brought the overall death toll to 917,417. 

Other countries have seen a resurgence of the virus including Peru, Israel, South Korea and Australia. Israel is the most notable for re-implementing strict measures to deal with the new spread. It is to impose a new national lockdown for at least three weeks beginning this Friday, and will close schools, shopping centres, and recreational facilities, and this will coincide with multiple Jewish holidays including Yom Kippur. The country has now seen more than 153,000 cases of the virus, with 1,108 deaths, and currently is facing 4,000 new infections daily. 

The UK and France are also seeing a surge in cases. The WHO expects the death rate to rise throughout October and November, and Hans Kluge, the WHO Europe Director, said: “It's going to get tougher. In October, November, we are going to see more mortality.”

Conor Kavanagh

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