Global coronavirus cases soar for the first time by more than 400,000 in one day as UN Secretary-General says world ‘fails the test’ in pandemic
- Global coronavirus cases rose by more than 400,000 for the first time on Friday
- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Saturday that a divided world has not taken up the challenge of fighting the pandemic.
- Much of Europe is setting new restrictions to contain the outbreak
- Multiple Midwestern states registered record increases in new cases
Global coronavirus cases rose by more than 400,000 for the first time late Friday, record growth in one day as much of Europe introduces new restrictions to curb the outbreak and multiple US states see record increases.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Saturday that a divided world has failed to meet the challenge of fighting the pandemic, warning coordinated action was needed to prevent millions of people from ending up in poverty and hunger.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is a major global challenge for the entire international community, for multilateralism and for me, as United Nations Secretary-General,” Guterres told Portuguese news agency Lusa.
“Unfortunately, it is a test that the international community has not yet succeeded in.”
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres (seen last month) said Saturday a divided world has failed to meet the challenge of fighting the pandemic
In the US, President Donald Trump called for a massive economic stimulus package, as infections in America exceeded eight million, with record highs in several states.
The daily average of new coronavirus infections in Indiana continued to rise at record levels with Saturday’s update from state health officials, who also added 31 COVID-19 deaths to the state toll.
The health department’s daily update found that Indiana’s seven-day moving average of newly confirmed COVID-19 infections on Friday was 1,799. That’s the highest level the state has seen during the pandemic and has more than doubled in the past three weeks.
Meanwhile, the number of hospitalizations due to the coronavirus remained near a record high in Oklahoma on Saturday, as the number of reported cases increased by 1,195 and the number of deaths increased by 14.
The department said there were 8,272 new cases of coronavirus in the week ending Thursday, up 15 percent from the previous week, and 58 additional deaths from the previous week due to COVID-19.
Europe, which has successfully slowed the first wave of infections, has become the new epicenter of the coronavirus in recent weeks, reporting an average of 140,000 cases per day for the past week.
Europe as a region reports more daily cases than India, Brazil and the United States combined.
According to an analysis by Reuters, of every 100 infections reported, 34 were from European countries.
The region currently reports one million new infections approximately every nine days and has reported more than 6.3 million cases since the start of the pandemic.
According to Reuters figures, major European countries – the United Kingdom, France, Russia, the Netherlands and Spain – were responsible for about half of the new cases in Europe in the week to October 18.
France reports the highest seven-day average of new cases in Europe with 19,425 infections per day, followed by the United Kingdom, Russia, Spain and the Netherlands in the most affected European countries.
Several European countries are closing schools, canceling elective surgeries and hiring medical students as authorities face a resurgence of COVID-19.
Russia is moving students to online learning and Northern Ireland is closing schools for two weeks and restaurants for four weeks.
In Spain, authorities in Catalonia have ordered the closure of bars and restaurants for 15 days and limited the number of people allowed in shops.
Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.