The World Health Organisation on Saturday reported nearly 260,000 new cases of coronavirus across the world - a record rise for the second day in a row. David Doyle reports.
DAVID DOYLE: The World Health Organization has reported a record rise in global coronavirus cases for a second day in a row with the total increasing by nearly 260,000 in 24 hours. The most new infections on Saturday were from the United States, Brazil, India, and South Africa. Those four countries accounting for nearly 2/3 of new cases, according to WHO figures, with the United States alone reporting over 71,000 infections.
India on Friday became only the third country in the world to report more than 1 million cases, while Brazil on Thursday crossed the 2 million mark. Speaking at the 18th Nelson Mandela annual lecture on Saturday, UN chief Antonio Guiterrez said the pandemic had been likened to an X-ray revealing fractures in the fragile skeleton of the societies we have built.
ANTONIO GUITERREZ: It is exposing fallacies and falsehoods everywhere-- the lie that free markets can deliver health care for all; the fiction that unpaid care work is not work; the delusion that we live in a postracist world; the myth that we are all in the same boat. Because while we are all floating on the same sea, it is clear that some are in super yachts while others are clinging to drifting debris.
DAVID DOYLE: Total global coronavirus cases surpassed 14 million on Friday, according to a Reuters tally, another milestone in the spread of the disease which has killed nearly 600,000 people in seven months.