By Helene Fung
The World Health Organisation reported another record increase of 292,527 COVID-19 cases globally within a 24 hour period on Friday (local time), up more than 8,000 cases compared to the previous record.
The global COVID-19 death toll rose by 6,812 on Friday (local time). Average death toll has been 5,200 a day in July, up from the June average of 4,600 a day.
Biggest COVID-19 case increases came from the United States, Brazil, India and South Africa, and almost 40 countries have reported record single-day increases in the past week – close to doubling the number of countries that did in the week prior.
One of these countries is the Philippines. Their President Rodrigo Duterte announced on Friday, COVID-19 restrictions in Manila are to be maintained until mid-August.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also postponed a planned easing of the COVID-19 lockdown in England on Friday (local time), as increase in infections sparked fears of a possible second wave.
“The pandemic is a once-in-a-century health crisis, the effects of which will be felt for decades to come,” said WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at a meeting of the WHO’s emergency committee.