The just-concluded weekend has seen the World Health Organization report yet another new record number of infections worldwide.
In their latest data, the WHO stated that in the 24 hours between Friday and Saturday, they reported 228,102 new cases.
Pandemic taking root worldwide
This was the highest climb that the world has witnessed since the pandemic broke. The increase has been steady, with the previous weekend seeing 212, 000 new infections.
The pandemic is picking up in continents such as Africa and India.
US, Brazil, continue to lead
So far, the US continues to lead, reporting over 3 million infections of the virus, with no slow down in sight.
Brazil crossed 1.5 million infections a few days ago and is the worst-hit country in Latin America.
The US has seen several states report a record number of infections, and alongside Brazil, they contribute significantly to the record number of worldwide infections.
India also saw a huge jump in cases, and now has more than 800,000 confirmed cases.
Africa’s worsening cases
Also seeing a huge number of infections in South Africa, Africa’s worst-hit country. The country has crossed 264,000 infections.
More than 100,000 of these cases were confirmed in the past two weeks. The country is now reporting over 12,000 cases daily, President Cyril Ramaphosa said.
However, one should note that South Africa has the most tests in Africa, crossing over 2 million tests.
The new record number of infections has seen the total infections of COVID-19 worldwide cross 12.8 million. The number of deaths meanwhile, has risen above 570,000.
The news comes when the WHO has now conceded that the virus is, in fact, airborne. The organization said that in confined spaces, the virus floats in the air through aerosols.
The news could see a new raft of measures that would mean then that wearing masks would be critical even indoors.
It would also mean that being indoors with other people could remain elusive for the foreseeable future.