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Coronavirus: Highest daily rise in Covid-19 cases rings alarm

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Filed on August 17, 2020 | Last updated on August 17, 2020 at 06.07 am
Coronavirus, Highest, daily rise, Covid-19 cases, rings alarm

(Reuters)

The novel coronavirus has killed at least 766,228 people since the outbreak emerged in China last December.

More than 294,000 people tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, according to the World Health Organisation's figures. This is the highest daily increase of the pandemic so far, the British Broadcasting Corporation reported.

Cases are continuing to surge in many countries, while others - which had apparent success in suppressing initial outbreaks - are now seeing infections rise again, the BBC said.

The novel coronavirus has killed at least 766,228 people since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP on Sunday.

At least 21,500,350 cases have been registered in 196 countries and territories. Of these, at least 13,205,100 are now considered recovered.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said the coronavirus pandemic is "easily the most severe" global health emergency the organisation has ever seen and that there may never be a vaccine- or "silver bullet" - to defeat the virus.


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