The World Health Organization’s coronavirus dashboard on Sunday showed a daily record number of new Covid-19 cases over the weekend.
The WHO numbers for Saturday showed 660,905 cases of coronavirus have been reported to the UN health agency, putting a new high watermark.
This number and the 645,410 registered on Friday exceeded the previous daily record high of 614,013 on November 7th.
In the new case numbers on Saturday, the Americas region of the WHO recorded a daily high of 269,225 newly confirmed cases.
Within each week, the pattern of cases reported to WHO tends to peak around Friday, Saturday and Sunday and decrease around Tuesday and Wednesday.
According to the WHO, there have been more than 53.7 million confirmed cases of the disease since the pandemic began, while over 1.3 million people have lost their lives.
WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned on Friday that there was “still a long way to go” to bring the virus under control worldwide.
The 9,928 deaths reported to WHO on Thursday, 9,567 on Friday and 9,924 on Saturday marked the first time that more than 9,500 deaths were recorded for three consecutive days.
Thursday’s toll was the highest since the 10,012 recorded on Aug. 15 and the third highest one-day toll in the entire pandemic – although those earlier higher numbers appeared to be due to unusual reporting spikes.
“No country can say that it was prepared well enough for Covid-19 or that there are no lessons to be learned,” Tedros said on Friday as he closed the WHO annual meeting at which member states passed a resolution to strengthen preparedness for health emergencies passed.
Nonetheless, when Tedros welcomed rapid progress towards a safe and effective vaccine, he warned that “we still have a long way to go,” and insisted that the virus could be contained without a vaccine breakthrough.
“The world cannot put all its eggs in one basket and neglect the many other tools that are available to us to … effectively get this virus under control,” he said.
“The virus itself hasn’t changed significantly, nor has it taken the necessary steps to stop it.”
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