WHO: Record increase in global Covid-19 cases on Friday -- nearly 300,000

KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 1):  The World Health Organization reported a record spike in global Covid-19 cases yesterday at 292,527, Reuters reported.

Meanwhile, there were 6,812 recorded deaths.

Statistics have shown that the biggest increase of cases came from the US, Brazil, India and South Africa.

The news wire also reported that up to 40 countries have seen “record single-day increases in coronavirus infections over the last week”.

Calculations by Reuters revealed that there is “a pick-up in the pandemic in every region of the world”.

It also reported that there are currently more than 17.4 million infections and nearly 675,000 deaths.

In Malaysia, today is the first day for the mandatory wearing of face masks in crowded public spaces.

Those who disobey the mask ruling can be prosecuted under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 that provide for a fine of up to RM1,000.

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