Story at a glance
- The World Health Organization saw its sharpest uptick in new cases across the globe on Friday.
- The U.S. still leads countries in confirmed COVID-19 infections.
The World Health Organization (WHO) made a grim announcement on Friday, reporting nearly 300,000 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide, or the largest single-day rise so far in the pandemic, CNBC reports.
Specifically, 292,527 cases were reported on Thursday. More than half of them came from the Americas, with 171,946 cases from regions within either North or South America, per WHO data. Southeast Asia also saw a high number of new cases, documenting 60,113 new infections. Europe was third, reporting 25,241 new cases.
This WHO announcement coincides with reports of a record-high number of deaths seen in the U.S. over the month of July. A Reuters tally saw 25,000 fatalities resulting from coronavirus infections, as well as counts doubling across 18 states.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CORONAVIRUS RIGHT NOW
Johns Hopkins data reports the U.S. leads the world in coronavirus cases, with more than 4.5 million. Behind the U.S. is Brazil, India, Russia, and South Africa.
Health agencies, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend physical distancing, wearing masks and incorporating other hygienic practices, such as washing hands frequently.
Earlier on Tuesday, WHO spokesperson Margaret Harris told press that the pandemic is shaping to closer resemble "one big wave" rather than a seasonal virus like influenza.
“People are still thinking about seasons. What we all need to get our heads around is this is a new virus and ... this one is behaving differently,” Harris said.
“It’s going to be one big wave. It’s going to go up and down a bit,” she reportedly continued. “The best thing is to flatten it and turn it into just something lapping at your feet.”
BREAKING NEWS ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC