WHO reports record-setting 392,471 new cases of COVID-19 in last 24 hours

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According to the World Health Organization's website, there were 392,471 new cases of COVID-19 reported to them on Oct. 17, the highest single-day increase ever recorded

A record-setting number of new coronavirus cases were reported worldwide in the last 24 hours.

According to the World Health Organization’s website, there were 392,471 new cases of COVID-19 reported to them on Oct. 17, the highest single-day increase ever recorded.

The United States, India, Brazil, France, Argentina, the United Kingdom, Canada, the Philippines, Costa Rica and Myanmar were among the more than 40 countries that reported over 1,000 new cases in the past 24 hours.

Canada’s southern reported the highest number of new cases of any country, with 63,044 new infections, followed by India, which reported 62,212 new cases and Brazil, which reported 28,523 new cases.

France had fourth-most infections of any country in the past 24 hours, reporting 24,724 new cases on Oct. 17, while Argentina set a new single-day record, reporting 17,096 new cases.

The South American country was among a handful of countries, mostly in Europe, that recorded their highest one-day increase in new cases on Oct. 17.

Czech Republic reported 11,102 new cases, its highest one-day total ever, while Italy, which had never had more than 7,000 new cases in a single day, recorded 10,009 new cases.

The Netherlands reported 7,978 new cases and Germany, which has seen a steady increase of new cases this month, recorded its highest one-day case total ever with 7,830 new cases in the past 24 hours.

Romania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, and Armenia also recorded their highest one-day case total on Oct. 17.

Liechtenstein reported 18 new cases, its second-highest ever. The European country, which has just 195 total cases and one death, set a record yesterday with its highest one-day increase.

Elsewhere, the United Kingdom reported 15,635 new cases to the World Health Organization on Oct. 17 while Australia reported just nine cases. The situation in Australia is markedly different than in the United Kingdom, which has been experiencing a rise in new infections lately.

A chart showing the highest number of new COVID-19 cases by country on Oct. 17.

A chart showing the highest number of new COVID-19 cases by country on Oct. 17. (Photo: World Health Organization)

Although COVID-19 infections have been skyrocketing in Europe and North America, they are also on the rise in other parts of the world, including the Caribbean.

After reporting 35 cases yesterday, Saint Martin reported 30 new cases on Oct. 17. It’s the first time the small Caribbean nation has ever recorded two straight days of more than 30 infections.

Although Saint Lucia reported just one case on Oct. 17, the fifth case the small island nation has seen this month. The country has only reported 32 cases in total.

Meanwhile, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines reported its first case since Sept. 12.

Cases in Australia have been declining steadily in the country since a series of strict lockdown measures were imposed following a second wave of new infections.

Lastly, Canada reported 2,345 new cases to the World Health Organization on Oct. 17.

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