The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported a record increase in corona infections: 259,848 new diseases have been registered worldwide in the past 24 hours. The WHO had reported a record increase just a day earlier. On Friday, she had recorded 237,743 new cases worldwide, which had been the most reported new cases within a day. The number of deaths increased by 7,360 on Saturday, the largest increase in one day since May 10.

The global number of confirmed cases has increased to more than 14 million since the pandemic began. This comes out from a count of the American Johns Hopkins university on Saturday. More than 600,000 people reportedly died from Covid-19.

The record increases on Friday and Saturday are due in particular to the continued high number of cases in the USA, Brazil, India and South Africa. In the United States, more than 70,000 new infections were reported on Saturday for the second day in a row. In Brazil, more than two million people have already contracted the corona virus. India reported more than a million people infected on Friday.

South Africa now has more than 350,000 people who are known to be infected, making it the fifth largest country currently affected by the coronavirus. The center of infection is the province of Gauteng with Johannesburg and the capital Pretoria. A quarter of the South African population lives there, including many people in densely populated townships with poor access to clean water and sanitation.  

In Iran, 30 percent of the population could be sick

The number of unreported infections is likely to be high in the countries particularly affected. In Brazil or South Africa, for example, testing is not carried out across the board. In Iran, too, significantly more people could be infected with the virus than is officially known. Ministry of Health estimates that around 25 million, or about 30 percent of the population, could be affected, President Hassan Rohani says on state television. The agency Isna quoted a member of the government's Corona task force as saying that it was patients with mild symptoms who did not need medical treatment or did not seek medical treatment. Almost 272,000 citizens have so far tested positive in Iran, and the government tightened the population's restrictions on Saturday in the fight against the virus.

Germany has largely controlled the spread of the corona virus, according to Chancellor Helge Braun (CDU). "At the moment it can be said that we have Coronain Germany under control," said Braun of "Bild am Sonntag". "But this is a snapshot - the virus is still in the country, there can always be outbreaks." This weekend there was another local outbreak in a slaughterhouse: 66 employees of a poultry slaughterhouse in Lower Saxony tested positive for the corona virus. An operation of the Wiesenhof company in the Vechta district is affected. According to the current state, the district administration assumes that the infections "mainly occurred in the private sector".