Story at a glance
- The previous record for new daily cases was 259,848 set on July 18.
- The U.S., Brazil and India lead the world in the number of cases reported.
- The U.S. continues to lead the world with more than 4.2 million cases and more than 146,000 deaths.
As the coronavirus outbreak continues to worsen in the U.S., the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday reported 284,196 coronavirus infections have been confirmed in 24 hours, a record daily increase in the number of cases.
The previous record for new daily cases was 259,848 set on July 18.
WHO reports deaths increased by 9,753, the largest one-day increase since a record high of 9,797 fatalities was recorded on April 30.
Coronavirus-related deaths have averaged 5,000 a day this month, an increase from an average of 4,600 recorded in June.
The U.S., Brazil and India led the world in the number of cases reported. WHO said the U.S. reported 69,641 new cases, while Brazil tallied 67,860 cases and India reported 49,310. More than 15.2 million cases have been confirmed with more than 628,000 deaths worldwide.
The U.S. continues to lead the world with more than 4.2 million cases and more than 146,000 deaths. The number of daily COVID-19 related deaths also surpassed 1,000 for a third straight day.
On Thursday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said while it’s completely understandable people want to get on with their lives, the world “will not be going back to the old normal.”
Tedros advised the continued practice of public health protocols like wearing masks and washing hands, noting that these actions on part of individuals can change the direction of the pandemic.
BREAKING NEWS ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC