WASHINGTON - A record number of new coronavirus infections worldwide was confirmed Wednesday. The World Health Organization (WHO) said more than 106,000 new COVID-19 cases were identified globally within 24 hours, the highest daily number since the outbreak began.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a news briefing Wednesday that almost two-thirds of the new cases were confirmed in just four countries. He did not name them, but several news reports name the four countries as the United States, Russia, Brazil and India.
Brazil had a record number of new cases Wednesday since the outbreak began there: close to 20,000 in one day. India had more than 5,600 new cases. Russia has had between 9,000 and 10,000 new cases daily for the past two weeks. The United States had about 45,000 new cases reported Tuesday.
Close to 5 million people worldwide have been infected with the novel coronavirus, and the death toll is approaching 325,000. The United States has the most cases, about 1.5 million, and the highest death toll, more than 93,200.
Tedros said the organization is especially concerned about the rising numbers of cases in low-and middle-income countries. He stressed the importance of keeping supply chains open and ensuring that medical supplies reach health workers and patients.
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