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Ohio reports highest one-day tally of coronavirus cases

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio reported a record high number of daily cases of the coronavirus on Friday as Republican Gov. Mike DeWine pleaded with residents to continue social distancing and mask wearing.

The 1,840 confirmed and probable cases tallied by the Department of Health is the most in a day since July. The daily number of cases is also well above the 21-day average of 1,119 cases.

DeWine on Thursday urged Ohioans to avoid crowded gatherings, citing the case of a wedding he said led to the coronavirus deaths of two grandfathers.

Several rural northwestern Ohio counties have among the highest rates of coronavirus cases, something DeWine noted during a trip Friday to Swanton, west of Toledo. DeWine, who lives on his family farm in Cedarville in southwestern Ohio, noted that mask compliance in his area is not great but getting better. Ohio is under a statewide mask order.

“The biggest threat to our economy is people not wearing masks,” the governor said.

Ohio has reported more than 166,000 confirmed and probable coronavirus cases as of Friday, including 4,994 deaths.

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WHO reports record one-day rise in global coronavirus cases amid European outbreak

By Lisa Shumaker

(Reuters) – The World Health Organization reported a record one-day increase in global coronavirus cases on Thursday, with the total rising by 338,779 in 24 hours led by a surge of infections in Europe.

Europe reported 96,996 new cases, the highest total for the region ever recorded by the WHO.

Global deaths rose by 5,514 to a total of 1.05 million.

The previous WHO record for new cases was 330,340 on Oct. 2. The agency reported a record 12,393 deaths on April 17.

As a region, Europe is now reporting more cases than India, Brazil or the United States.

India reported 78,524 new cases, followed by Brazil at 41,906 and the United States with 38,904 new infections, according to the WHO, whose data lags the daily reports by each country.

According to a Reuters analysis of more recent country data, COVID-19 infections are rising in 54 countries, including surges in Argentina, Canada and much of Europe. (Graphic: https://tmsnrt.rs/34CabCf)

Infections in the United Kingdom have reached record levels with over 17,000 new cases reported on Thursday.

“We are seeing a definite and sustained increase in cases and admissions to hospital. The trend is clear, and it is very concerning,” said Dr Yvonne Doyle, medical director for Public Health England.

France’s new daily COVID-19 infections remained above the record 18,000 threshold for the second day on Thursday with new measures to curb the outbreak expected.

The average number of new infections reported in Belgium has been increasing for seven days straight and Germany reported its biggest daily increase in new cases since April on Thursday.

While India still leads in the globe in most new cases reported per day, new infections are down 20% from its peak.

In the United States, which has the largest total number of cases and deaths in the world, new infections are edging higher along with the most hospitalized COVID-19 patients since early September.

(Reporting by Lisa Shumaker in Chicago, Editing by Franklin Paul, Richard Chang and David Gregorio)

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