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Over 160,000 COVID-19 cases reported daily in past week: WHO

Jul 01, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
GENEVA: The global coronavirus pandemic is accelerating, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, with the number of daily cases surging beyond 160,000 every day in the past week, a record.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also told a virtual briefing that well over half of all cases recorded since the novel coronavirus first emerged in China late last year were registered in June.

"For the past week, the number of the new cases has exceeded 160,000 on every single day," he said, adding that "60 percent of all cases so far have been reported just in the past month."

Data provided by the UN health agency showed that the highest number of new daily COVID-19 cases ever recorded came on Jun 28, when more than 189,500 new cases were registered worldwide.

Prior to Jun 25, daily cases only surpassed 160,000 twice before, both in the preceding week, while daily cases did not pass the 100,000 mark until May 18, the data showed.