World reports record one-day rise in COVID-19 cases

India responsible for nearly a quarter of the new cases on October 8

By Rajit Sengupta
Published: Friday 09 October 2020

The world recorded the highest spike in novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases, adding about 0.34 million new ones October 8, 2020. India accounted for close to a quarter of them with 78,524 new cases, according to the World Health Organization. It was followed by Brazil (12.4 per cent) and the United States (11.5 per cent).

The previous global high was only six days ago (October 2) when 0.33 million new cases were added. Even then every fourth case was from India, followed by the US (13.6 per cent) and Brazil (10.1 per cent).

An ominous start

In the first eight days of October, the world saw four of the top five case count days. As a result, the world has already recorded 2.4 million cases in October alone, which is nearly 7 per cent of the total burden. In September, which is so far the worst month on record, the world saw 8.4 million new cases.

At the same time, the 20 worst days have been recorded only in August, September and October. The list includes six days of October, two days of August and 12 days of September.

The total case burden of the world stands at a little over 36 million, with India accounting for close to 19 per cent of the cases with a total case burden of 6.8 million. The United States is responsible for 20.6 per cent of the total global cases with 7.4 million cumulative case counts.

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