According to the World Health Organization, the world has seen the largest one-day increase in coronavirus cases with 307,930 new infections in a 24-hour period.
The new record is only the second time that 300,000 cases per day have been exceeded worldwide, surpassing the previous high of 306,857 on September 6th.
India contributed nearly a third of the new cases at 94,372 as the country continues to pile up infections at a record pace at 1.3 billion – with both the US and Brazil adding tens of thousands of new cases.
However, the 5,537 deaths counted by the WHO are well below the record of 12,430 in mid-April, when the virus was deadliest in Western Europe.
The world has set a new record of 307,930 coronavirus cases in one day, only the second time the daily number has exceeded 300,000
While cases (in yellow) continued to increase during the pandemic, deaths (in red) have remained relatively constant. The death line is measured on a different axis (right), which means it appears higher than the April falls in May, but the number of cases has always been higher
October and November "will see more deaths," says the WHO
WHO expects coronavirus deaths to rise in Europe in October and November, the agency's head of Europe said today.
Deaths have remained relatively stable despite a recent resurgence in Europe – but WHO says daily deaths are likely to increase.
“It's getting harder. In October and November we will see more mortality, ”said Hans Kluge, Director of WHO Europe.
"It's a moment when countries don't want to hear this bad news and I get it," said Kluge, adding that he wanted to send the "positive message" that the pandemic will end at one moment or another becomes. & # 39;
WHO's 55 member states in Europe will meet online on Monday and Tuesday to discuss their response to the new coronavirus and agree on their overall five-year strategy.
Copenhagen-based Kluge warned those who believe developing a vaccine will end the pandemic.
"I keep hearing," The vaccine will be the end of the pandemic. "Of course not!" Said the Belgian.
“We don't even know if the vaccine will help all populations. We are now getting some signs that it will work for one group rather than the other, ”he said.
"And if we then have to order different vaccines, what a logistical nightmare!"
The WHO recorded 100,000 cases a day for the first time in mid-May after the virus devastated Europe and North America and wreaked havoc in Brazil.
The 200,000 mark was first reached on July 3. At that point, India began to see an alarming increase in cases that have not yet peaked.
The total number of cases is now 28,637,952, with infections typically increasing by a million every four days.
In the past two weeks alone, there have been more than 3.7 million new cases, with India, Brazil and the United States consistently setting the pace in the past few weeks.
India recently surpassed Brazil to become the second most severely hit country by number of infections, despite the fact that the South American country has suffered more deaths.
In addition, much of Europe is experiencing a resurgence in cases that have resulted in new travel restrictions and fears of a second wave of deaths in the fall and winter.
France recorded more than 10,000 infections in a 24-hour period for the first time on Saturday, while Spain is currently infecting an average of more than 9,600 per day.
Sebastian Kurz, the Austrian Chancellor, who has kept cases and deaths low so far, warned that his country was about to "start the second wave".
The Czech Republic has also seen an upswing. An epidemiologist said over the weekend that cases could overwhelm hospitals if they persist at the current rate.
New restrictions come into effect across England on Monday. The social gatherings are limited to a maximum of six people.
The summer resurgence in Europe has not yet resulted in a sharp spike in deaths, but there are fears that this will change in the fall and winter.
“It's getting harder. In October and November we will see more mortality, ”said WHO Europe Director Hans Kluge.
The WHO numbers have been showing deaths at a relatively constant level for months, with an average of 5,000 to 7,000 deaths per day.
The worst one-day increase was on April 17, with 12,430 new deaths at a time when the UK, Spain, Italy and France were seeing hundreds a day.
The total number of coronavirus cases counted by WHO, with dark blue countries like the US, Brazil, Russia and India having the most infections
Doctors wearing protective suits transport a suspected coronavirus patient to Kutvolgyi Hospital in Budapest, Hungary
Other parts of the world are still battling their first waves of coronavirus, including Indonesia, where new restrictions came into effect on Monday.
The authorities also try to maintain discipline. On the weekend there will be rallies against bans in Germany, Poland and Australia.
Various anti-vaccine activists, conspiracy theorists and far-right activists took part in the rallies in Europe.
Such rallies were also frequently organized in the United States, the hardest-hit nation in the world with more than 6.4 million infections and 193,000 deaths.
Governments are being forced to balance the devastating economic cost of lockdowns with the need to contain the deadly virus.
Schools were scheduled to open in some European countries on Monday, and millions were returning to classrooms in Italy, Greece and Romania.
And Saudi Arabia announced that it would partially lift the suspension of international flights from September 15, six months after the travel restrictions were introduced.
In the UK, there was some good news that Oxford University and AstraZeneca received the all-clear to continue their vaccination study.
Researchers voluntarily suspended the study, which was considered one of the most promising candidates in the vaccine race, after a British volunteer developed an unexplained disease.
An effective vaccine is believed to be the only safe way to halt the pandemic, and scientists around the world are trying to develop a vaccine in record time.
Even during the hiatus, AstraZeneca said it remained hopeful that the vaccine could still be available "by the end of this year, early next year".
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