The World Health Organisation has recorded the highest number of contamination in a single day as the number of Covid-19 cases increasing alarmingly. The recent coronavirus dashboard on Sunday showed a record daily number of new COVID-19 cases over the weekend.
The WHO’s figures for Saturday showed that 660,905 coronavirus cases were reported to the United Nations health agency, setting a new high watermark.
That number, and the 645,410 registered on Friday, surpassed the previous daily record high of 614,013 recorded on November 7.
Within Saturday’s new case numbers, the WHO’s Americas region registered a one-day record high of 269,225 new confirmed cases.
Within each week, the pattern of cases being reported to the WHO tends to peak towards Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and dip around Tuesday and Wednesday.
According to the WHO’s figures, there had been more than 53.7 million confirmed cases of the disease in total since the start of the pandemic, while over 1.3 million people had lost their lives.
WHO director-general TedrosAdhanomGhebreyesus warned on Friday that there was ‘a long way to go’ in getting the virus under control globally.
The 9,928 deaths reported to the WHO on Thursday, 9,567 on Friday and 9,924 on Saturday marked the first time that more than 9,500 deaths had been registered on three consecutive days.
Thursday’s toll was the highest since the 10,012 registered on August 15, and the third-highest one-day toll in the entire pandemic – though those previous higher figures were seemingly due to unusual reporting spikes.