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Surge in coronavirus cases as 260000 people test positive in a day

Cases and tests in three Indian states

The World Health Organization reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases on Friday, with the total rising by 237,743 in 24 hours.

The biggest increases reported on Saturday were from the US, Brazil, India and South Africa, according to a daily report.

According to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University, there has been a record increase in new infections worldwide, nearly 260 thousand cases in 24 hours. In July, there were an average of 4,800 deaths a day, which was slightly higher than the average of 4,600 deaths on a single day in June.

Medical attention is being provided to all the 3,90,459 active cases in hospitals and in home isolation, the health ministry said.

As COVID-19 cases continue to surge, Mumbai enters "Unlock 2" along with shackles of previous restrictions, if not stronger, weighing down on the city.

The U.S. reports approximately 5,000 deaths each week, according to Reuters.

In the meantime, the total number of COVID-19 cases in Turkey climbed to 219,641 after 924 new infections were reported, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca tweeted.

With the confirmed cases of the world lying at 14.2 million; United States of America leads this chart too with 14.2 million cases followed by Brazil which has recorded over 2 million cases.

Among states with more than 10,000 cases so far, Delhi and Tamil Nadu have conducted the most tests per million population per day in the last two weeks, and West Bengal and Bihar the fewest, data collected by The Hindu showed.

India is seeing such a rise in cases daily due to their policy of aggressive testing. With 543 deaths the toll stood at 26,816, Health Ministry data said. The total number of confirmed cases includes foreigners.

Across the USA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported more than 74,000 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, fueled by record or near-record increases in several states.

With the recovery of close to 23,000 cases in the last 24 hours until Saturday night, India has pushed the recovery case rate to 63.33%.

Tamil Nadu also reported the highest spike of 4,979 new COVID cases.

In Bangladesh, confirmed cases surpassed 200,000 but experts say the number is much higher as the country lacks adequate labs for testing.

It marked the 11th consecutive day for Egypt's daily COVID-19 infections to be below 1,000.