The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported a record daily number of new coronavirus cases.
In its latest figures posted on Friday, the WHO said there were 228,102 new cases across the world.
The previous record was on Saturday last week (4 July), when there were 211,428 infections recorded.
More than 100,000 of Friday’s new infections were in the United States and Brazil, the WHO’s latest “situation report” shows. There were 64,630 in the US and 44,571 in Brazil.
India (26,506) and South Africa (13,674) also had high numbers of new cases.
As of Friday, the WHO said there had been 12,102,328 cases overall.
The organisation’s director-general, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has recently warned the global COVID-19 infection rate is accelerating.
On 29 June, he warned: “The hard reality is: this is not even close to being over.
“Although many countries have made some progress, globally the pandemic is actually speeding up.”
He added: “We are all in this for the long haul. We will need even greater stores of resilience, patience, humility and generosity in the months ahead.”