The World Health Organization has announced a record increase in global coronavirus cases, with the total rising by 183,020 in just 24 hours.
The biggest increase was from North and South America with over 116,000 new cases, according to a daily report.
Total global cases are now over 8.7 million with more than 461,000 deaths, according to the WHO.
The previous record for new cases was 181,232 on June 18.
Last week, officials warned the coronavirus pandemic is still accelerating.
“The world is in a new and dangerous phase,” Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual briefing from WHO headquarters in Geneva.
The global figures have risen
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“The virus is still spreading fast, it is still deadly, and most people are still susceptible.”
Tedros, whose leadership of the WHO has been severely criticised by U.S. President Donald Trump, urged people to maintain social distancing and “extreme vigilance.”
As well as the Americas, a large number of new cases were coming from South Asia and the Middle East, Tedros added.
WHO emergencies expert Mike Ryan drew attention to the situation in Brazil on Friday, where he said there had been 1,230 additional COVID-19 deaths in the previous 24 hours.
About 12 percent of infections in Brazil involved healthcare workers, he added, praising their bravery. Brazil has the world’s worst outbreak outside the United States, with 978,142 confirmed cases and 47,748 deaths.
The previous record for new cases was 181,232 on June 18
Last week, officials warned the coronavirus pandemic is still accelerating
Earlier today, the UK’s coronavirus death toll hit 42,632 in all settings after a further 43 people died in the last 24 hours.
Hospitals in Scotland, Northern Ireland and London recorded no new deaths as the rate of new infections continues to decline overall.
However, the new figure is a small increase from this time last week, when 38 people died of Covid-19.
A healthcare worker checks the temperature of a woman during a medical check-up at a slum in Mumbai
The Department of Health confirmed that 175,018 coronavirus tests were carried out yesterday.
That means that 7,890,145 tests have been carried out since the start of the outbreak.
Earlier today it was announced that 27 people died in the nation’s hospitals – the lowest rise on a Sunday since the lockdown began.
England reported 26 new deaths, Wales recorded one while Scotland and Northern Ireland both recorded no deaths.