World records 3.79 million cases of Covid-19 in one day and sets new record

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This Thursday (20), the world once again broke the record of Covid-19 cases recorded in a single day.

In the last 24 hours, 3.79 million coronavirus infections were recorded, according to the Our World in Data platform.

The number surpasses the last record, which had been reached on the 13th, when 3.67 million daily cases were recorded around the world.

Brazil collaborated so that the data consolidated this Thursday (20) were so high. This Wednesday (19), driven by the Ômicron variant, the country surpassed for the first time the 200 thousand cases registered in a single day.

According to the National Council of Health Secretaries (Conass), Brazil recorded 204,854 new cases and 338 deaths. The previous record was set on September 18, 2021, with 150,106 cases recorded.

Another record was broken in the moving average of cases, with 99,974 infections considering the same period.

Another country that sees a new wave of cases caused by Ômicron, Germany also recorded a record of daily cases on Wednesday (19). There were 112,323 new cases and 239 deaths in just 24 hours, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the German public health authority.

German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach declared this week that the peak of this wave should be reached in mid-February, and said mandatory vaccination should be introduced in the country between April and May.

France is another European country that contributes to the global sum of daily cases. There were more than 400,000 new Covid-19 infections recorded in two consecutive days.

The French recorded more than 436,000 new Covid-19 infections on Wednesday (19), after reporting a record 464,769 new cases on Tuesday, data from the Ministry of Health showed.

The seven-day moving average of new cases has jumped to a new record of over 320,000 after having broken the record of 300,000 on Tuesday.

The growing number of infections is linked by experts to the spread of the Ômicron variant, which is more easily transmitted than previous forms of the virus. According to forecasts by the World Health Organization (WHO), it is expected to become the dominant strain in several parts of the world in the coming weeks.

On January 4, the WHO incident manager, Abdi Mahamud, stated that the entity sees evidence that Ômicron, although more transmissible, can cause milder symptoms. “We are seeing more and more studies pointing out that Omicron infects the upper part of the body. Unlike the others, which can cause severe pneumonia,” he said.

Vaccination, according to experts, is still the most effective way to prevent serious infections, deaths and hospitalizations from Covid-19, and keeping the vaccination schedule up to date is essential.

* With information from Ingrid Oliveira, CNN, and Reuters

Reference: CNN Brasil

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