A record-breaking number of new cases and deaths from COVID-19 have been reported worldwide in the past 24 hours.
According to the World Health Organization’s website, there were 747,082 cases and 13,296 deaths from the coronavirus reported to them over a 24-hour period ending at 6:48 a.m. Pacific time on Nov. 28.
It’s the single deadliest 24-hour period ever reported by the World Health Organization, surpassing the 12,482 deaths recorded back on April 17. It’s also the highest number of new cases reported in a 24-hour period, surpassing the 668,935 cases that were reported on Nov. 14.
However, today’s numbers are likely high due to fact that the United States, which accounted for nearly 44 per cent of all new cases and nearly 28 per cent for all deaths reported worldwide in the past 24 hours, did not report any new infections or deaths to the World Health Organization the previous day.
India reported the second-highest number of new infections in the past 24 hours, with 41,322 new cases, followed by Brazil (37,614), Italy (28,342), Russia (27,100), Germany (21,695), and Poland (17,304).
Japan, a country of over 130 million people that has managed to keep its total number of cases relatively low, reported 2,577 new cases on Nov. 28, its biggest one-day total ever.
Other countries that reported daily new infection records include Ukraine (16,294), Iran (14,051), Croatia (4,080), Azerbaijan (3,712), Luxembourg (1,309) and Lativa (637).
Elsewhere, China, where the virus originated, reported 112 new cases in the past 24 hours, its highest single-day total in months.
Canada, meanwhile, reported 5,631 new cases and 89 new deaths in the past 24 hours to the World Health Organization.
When it came to deaths, France recorded the second-most of any nation in the past 24 hours with 956, followed by Italy (827), Brazil (691), Mexico (645), Poland (579), the United Kingdom (520), Russia (510), India (485), Iran (406) and Germany (379).
More than 20 countries, including Romania, Greece, Bulgaria, Hungary, Ukraine and Indonesia, reported over 100 deaths in the past 24 hours, according to the World Health Organization.
In a recent report, the World Health Organization said while the global acceleration in new cases has slowed down, particularly in Europe, it noted that the European region is still the largest contributor to new cases and new deaths globally.