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WHO reports record total of new coronavirus cases worldwide

WHO reports record total of new coronavirus cases worldwide
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The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday reported a record number of daily coronavirus cases worldwide with the U.S. leading other nations in the spike.

In a daily report, WHO reported 237,743 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, surpassing the previous single-day record of 230,370 on July 12. There were 5,682 more deaths in the past day. 

There have been more than 13.6 million confirmed coronavirus cases around the globe since the pandemic began. 

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The U.S. had the highest number of new cases out of any other country with more than 67,000, almost doubling the nearly 35,000 new cases in India, which had the second-most cases in the last 24 hours.

The record-breaking total comes as states across the U.S., particularly in the South and West, see alarming spikes in COVID-19 cases. Texas reported roughly 10,000 new cases Thursday for the third day in a row, while California tallied nearly 20,000 new cases over the last two days. Florida also saw nearly 14,000 new cases Thursday.

The new spikes insert urgency into the latest debates over how to respond to the mushrooming health crisis.

While at least half of the nation’s 50 states have some kind of requirements for mask-wearing in place, other states have been more resistant to issuing such mandates. Most notably, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) issued an executive order banning cities and counties from requiring face coverings, sparking a legal battle with Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D).