By Helene Fung
The World Health Organisation (WHO) reported a new record increase in the number of COVID-19 cases globally – 284,196 new cases in a 24 hour period. The death toll rose by 9,753 and it also broke the record of the biggest single day increase since April.
The largest number of new cases came from the United States (69,641), Brazil (37,860) and India (49,310).
Meanwhile, a couple of Asian countries who managed to control the COVID outbreak are seeing signs of resurgence.
On Saturday, South Korea has reported 113 new cases – the highest number of new cases since March, and bringing the national total case count to 14,092.
Vietnam is also back on alert on Saturday, after authorities detected the first locally transmitted case for the first time in three months. Prior to this, there were no locally transmitted infections for 100 days, and strict quarantine rules have kept the country’s total to only 415 cases. So far, 103 contacts of “Patient 416” have returned negative tests, but 50 close contacts are in isolation as a precaution.