The number of Covid-19 cases increased to a record worldwide

A beach in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) is crowded despite the high number of Covid-19 cases in the country. PHOTO: REUTERS
A beach in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) is crowded despite the high number of Covid-19 cases in the country. PHOTO: REUTERS

The World Health Organization (WHO) recorded a record increase in the number of Covid-19 cases globally within 24 hours, totaling more than 183,020 people.

WHO announced that June 21 became the new record day for the number of Covid-19 cases since the outbreak, with 183,020 new cases detected within 24 hours. The previous record was 181,232 cases of Covid-19, recorded on June 18, according to Reuters. According to WHO statistics, this record increase is mainly from North America and South America, with more than 116,000 cases. Among these, Brazil has the highest number of new cases with 54,771 cases, followed by the US with 36,617 cases. On June 21, India also recorded more than 15,400 cases.

Brazil became the second highest number of cases and deaths from Covid-19 in the world, only after the US – the country now records more than 2.2 million cases and about 120,000 deaths. The number of deaths in Brazil has now exceeded 50,000 and more than 1 million have been infected. However, experts believe that the actual number must be 7 times higher because of the lack of extensive testing work.

Brazil confirmed its first case of Covid-19 on February 26. Since then, the epidemic spread quickly because President Jair Bolsonaro initially thought it was a “mild flu”. So far, Brazil has not had an official health minister after the two ministers resigned in a row because of a dispute with President Bolsonaro over how to handle the Covid-19 epidemic.

The Covid-19 epidemic is also spreading rapidly in Mexico, Peru and Chile … Mexico recorded more than 170,000 infections and more than 20,340 deaths. The number of deaths in Peru exceeded 8,000 on June 21. Argentina on the same day recorded the number of deaths exceeding 1,000, while Chile had 7,144.

Meanwhile, South Korean health officials confirmed on June 22 that the country was in the middle of a “second wave” of Covid-19, which broke out after a holiday in early May. After two weeks of new infections each In the whole day, from 40 to 50 cases, on June 21 was the first time the number of new infections has decreased to 17 cases. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian government on June 22 also called on people to be alert to the risk of a second Covid-19 outbreak, as the number of new infections increased in Victoria.

Reuters yesterday reported that the General Department of Customs of China announced the decision to stop importing chicken products from a processing factory of Tyson Company in Springdale City (Arkansas, USA). The decision was made after the company confirmed a cluster of Covid-19 infections in the workshop. Tyson’s Gary Mickelson announced the company will work with US officials to ensure the food is manufactured in compliance with safety regulations. Chinese firm Pepsi announced on June 21 that it will close its facility in Beijing’s Daxing District because of an employee with Covid-19 infection, which was confirmed on June 15.

Beijing had its first case of Covid-19 in a new outbreak on June 11 and today, more than 220 people have been infected.