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Coronavirus warning as global cases see record rise of 212,326 in 24 hours

SHOCKING figures show the coronavirus pandemic is still raging around the world as a record number of cases are recorded in just 24 hours.

The latest figures from the World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed there were 212,326 new cases recorded around the world in the past 24 hours up to 2pm on June 4.

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The biggest increases were from the US, Brazil and India.

The previous WHO record for new cases was 189,077 on June 28.

Deaths remained steady at about 5,000 a day.

More than 11 million cases have now been recorded globally since the beginning of the pandemic.

'WAKE UP'

The new figures come after WHO warned countries to “wake up” to the deadly threat from the pandemic.

WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan said on Friday: "People need to wake up. The data is not lying. The situation on the ground is not lying," 

He added: “Too many countries are ignoring what the data is telling them".

"There are good economic reasons that the countries need to bring their economies back online," he said.

"It's understandable, but you can't ignore the problem either. The problem will not magically go away."

In the US, there were 53,213 new infections recorded in the past 24 hours, bringing the country’s tally to 2,817,620, according to data from the John Hopkins University.

In Brazil, a total of 48,105 cases were confirmed in the 24 hours up to 4 July.

The country has reported a total of 1,539,081 infections to date.

President Jair Bolsonaro came under fire for describing the coronavirus pandemic as a “little flu”.

He was also attacked for recommending unproven drug treatments such as the antimalarial drug chloroquine.

India had a further 22,771 people testing positive for the deadly virus.

The UK has confirmed 519 new cases in that time.

Russia saw its death toll from the virus exceed 10,000 on Saturday

The national coronavirus taskforce reported 6,632 new infections, raising the total for the outbreak to 674,515.

Experts are predicting a second wave of the virus to hit later this year.

England's chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, warned yesterday that "this virus is a long way from gone.”

He added: "It is not going to be gone for a long time.

"Nobody watching this believes this is a risk-free next step.

"We have to be absolutely serious about it."

In Spain, the Catalonian region of Segria, which includes the city of Lleida, was put back under lockdown following several new outbreaks of the virus.

Elsewhere, China has blamed Spain for the coronavirus outbreak.

Senior government health adviser Wang Guangfa referenced research in Barcelona which detected Covid-19 in a wastewater sample from March 2019 to suggest any investigation into its origins should look at Spain.

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