Victoria records 627 new COVID-19 cases, eight deaths as aged care crisis continues; Queensland border closes Greater Sydney as Australian death toll jumps to 197
Nearly 40 countries have reported record single-day increases in coronavirus infections over the last week, around double the number that did so the previous week, according to a Reuters tally showing a pick-up in the pandemic in every region of the world.
Cases have been on the rise also in Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Bolivia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Bulgaria, Belgium, Uzbekistan and Israel, among others.
Last week, cases in Latin America for the first time surpassed the combined infections in the United States and Canada, a Reuters tally showed. Infections are surging in Brazil, which is second in the world behind the US in cases and deaths.
Globally there are over 17.4 million infections and nearly 675,000 deaths, according to a Reuters tally.
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