The coronavirus pandemic is accelerating at a dangerous pace.
The World Health Organization said on Friday that the 150,000 new cases recorded the day before was the highest in a single day -- and nearly half of those were in the Americas.
In a virtual briefing from Geneva Friday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the virus is still spreading fast, is still deadly, and most people are still susceptible.
"The world is in a new and dangerous phase." That harsh reality was no more apparent than in Brazil, which has seen a recent explosion.
Brazil now trails the United States with both the second-highest number of cases and fatalities globally and is set to reach 1 million diagnosed and 50,000 dead any moment.
Florida saw the most single-day coronavirus cases on Thursday, according to the Tampa Bay Times, breaking a record in cases set just the day before.
The WHO director-general urged people to maintain social distancing and use "extreme vigilance." "With solidarity and co-operation, we will overcome this pandemic and be better prepared for the crises of the future."
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