Wednesday saw the highest daily increase in global coronavirus cases, data shows, amid warnings the pandemic is accelerating.
Oxford University’s Our World in Data information shows a daily increase of 206,641 cases reported on Wednesday, the most in one day since the outbreak began. It was slightly higher than the 206,544 reported on 4 July.
Although daily cases and deaths have fallen well below their peak in the UK and many other countries, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that across the world the pandemic is actually gathering pace.
“The outbreak is accelerating and we’ve clearly not reached the peak of the pandemic,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO’s director general, said.
The real number of global Covid-19 cases will be higher due to testing limits. Our World in Data, a partnership between Oxford University researchers and non-profit Global Change Data Lab, sourced the figures from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.
In the US, more than 3 million infections have been confirmed since the start of the pandemic, with 131,000 deaths – about a fifth of the official global tally counted by Johns Hopkins University.
Cases have surged in states like California, Florida, Arizona and Texas in recent weeks.
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