A record 5 lakh COVID infections reported in a single day across the world

A record 5 lakh COVID infections reported in a single day across the world

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New Delhi: With a vaccine still in the works, global COVID-19 cases rose by more than 5 lakh for the first time on Wednesday. This is a record one-day increase.

The world witnessed 400,000 daily reported cases for the first time last Friday.

It needs mention here that most of the western countries and parts of Latin America have reported their highest single-day surges in the past few weeks.

This has prompted many of the governments to call for stronger measures against the virus. Germany and France, for instance, have again opted for lockdowns to contain the spread.

Notably, the global coronavirus tally stands at 44.7 million cases and about 1.17 million deaths.

Europe, North America and Latin America somewhat staggeringly account for over 66% of global cases and over 76% of global deaths.

In Europe, the daily infections have doubled in the past two weeks. More than 250,000 cases were for the first time on Wednesday.

Europe has so far reported about 9.5 million cases and about 261,000 deaths.

The United States continues to lead the worldwide coronavirus tally with about 8.9 million infections and about 228,000 fatalities since the pandemic started.

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The United States broke its daily record for new coronavirus infections on Friday as it reported 84,169 new cases due to outbreaks ahead of the presidential elections.

India is reporting about 48,000 cases a day on an average with a total of about 8 million cases. Notably, the country is second-worst affected worldwide.

Meanwhile, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised to provide any successful vaccine to each of India's 1.3 billion people.

The Central Government has promised to make vaccines free for all; each of the states will receive vaccines if and when they become available.

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