Geneva (dpa) – Never before since the start of the coronavirus pandemic have the World Health Organization (WHO) reported as many new infections within 24 hours as on Friday. In total, there were 284,196 cases, as announced by the WHO on Friday evening.
By far the most infections were recorded in the USA with almost 70,000 new cases and Brazil with almost 68,000. In India there were almost 50,000, in South Africa 13,000.
According to the WHO, 15.3 million infections have been reported worldwide since the epidemic began in late last year through Friday. Almost 630,000 people have been shown to die from a coronavirus infection.
WHO director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the development saw intensive broadcasts “in a relatively small group of countries”. According to this, almost half of all previous cases have occurred in only three countries – the USA, Brazil and India together have almost 7.5 million cases. Almost two-thirds of all infections can be traced back to ten countries.
In Germany, too, the number of new infections registered has increased significantly recently. The Robert Koch Institute registered around 800 new cases on Thursday and Friday, calling the development “very worrying”.