There was a record high 350,766 cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, according to the World Health Organization on Friday, with numerous countries seeing worrying resurgence of the virus, especially with influenza season on the horizon.
- The figure tops Thursday's 22% rise in daily cases to 338,408, beating the previous high of 330,342 on October 2.
- The past 24 hours saw 6,339 worldwide deaths according to the health organization, below the record of 12,434 seen on April 17.
- With the region second only to the Americas in new cases, some European countries are reintroducing Covid-19 restrictions like France, which also hit its highest daily case total on Friday with 18,071.
- Dr. Michael Ryan, the executive director of the WHO's Health Emergencies Program, said on Friday that national lockdowns to contain the virus may be "unavoidable" but that measures like strict surveillance and community responsibility could offset the need.
- The leader in cases remains the United States with 7.6 million, with the virus resurging in several states including Wisconsin, which saw a record number of new daily cases Thursday of 56,191, as well as 34,322 hospitalizations.
10%. That's the percentage of the population that may have been infected by Covid-19 so far, according to Ryan on Monday. He added that widespread increases in cases indicated a "difficult period" ahead.
In total, there are nearly 37 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus and over 1 million deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. Despite having just 4% of the population, the U.S. owns around 21% of all cases with 7.6 million and 20% of global deaths with 213,000. Public health experts warn of a difficult influenza season through the fall and winter, with the only 59% of U.S. adults intending to receive a flu vaccine, according to an October 1 poll by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.