In the past 24 hours, approximately 106,000 new coronavirus infections worldwide have been reported to the World Health Organization (WHO).
That is the highest number in 24 hours since the outbreak started. WHO President Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced this on Wednesday.
According to Tedros, two-thirds of the new infections have been diagnosed in only four countries.
“We have a long way to go in this pandemic,” he said at a news conference. The chairman was particularly concerned about the spread of the virus in poorer countries.
Mike Ryan, head of the WHO’s emergency program, added that the number of 5 million infections worldwide would soon be exceeded.
“A tragic milestone,” he said.