WHO reports record daily number of new coronavirus cases

228,102 new cases of COVID-19 reported around the world, more than 100,000 of which in the US and Brazil.

Elad Benari, Canada ,


The World Health Organization (WHO) reported a record daily number of new coronavirus cases on Friday.

In its latest figures, the WHO said there were 228,102 new cases across the world, according to Yahoo News.

The previous record was on Saturday last week, when there were 211,428 infections recorded.

More than 100,000 of Friday’s new infections were in the United States and Brazil, the WHO’s report shows. There were 64,630 in the US and 44,571 in Brazil.

India and South Africa also had high numbers of new cases, with 26,506 and 13,674, respectively.

As of Friday, the WHO said there had been 12,102,328 cases overall.

Earlier this week, the WHO admitted that there was "emerging evidence" that the coronavirus could be transmitted through particles in the air, reversing months of claims that no such evidence existed.

The WHO has faced criticism in recent months for its positions on the coronavirus which have often been at odds with the findings of the scientific community.

The organization did not recommend wearing facial masks until June. In January, the WHO claimed that there was "no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission" after the virus had spread for over a month in Wuhan, China.

On Thursday, WHO head Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that "in most of the world the virus is not under control. It is getting worse.”

He warned that the virus would infect many more people if governments did not start to "take a comprehensive approach based on fundamental public health measures - find, isolate, test and treat cases, and trace and quarantine contacts."

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)