WHO Reports Record Increase in Coronavirus Cases

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The World Health Organization reported 72,839 new cases in its most recent situation report.

WHO Reports Record Increase in Coronavirus Cases

The organization reported 72,839 new cases in its most recent situation report.

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New Covid-19 coronavirus cases diagnosed daily hit a high again Thursday. The World Health Organization reported 72,839 new cases in its most recent situation report, the biggest daily number reported to date.

Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center now reports more than 1,026,000 Covid-19 cases, up about 86,000 over the past day.

WHO numbers typically lag behind the Hopkins database, which is updated more frequently, but the totals and trends of both data sets closely approximate one another.

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American cases keep rising as well, topping 246,000, up about 40,000 cases over the last 24 hours. The U.S. now has more than twice as many Covid-19 cases as any other nation. More than 6,000 people have died due to complications of the coronavirus, according to Hopkins.

New York City and its surrounding counties remain the epicenter of the American outbreak with more than 97,000 cases, up about 10,000 cases over the past day.

About 21,000 people in New York state have been hospitalized, up roughly 3,000 over the past day, according to the Corona Tracking Project. More than 33,000 people have been hospitalized throughout the nation.

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The government is expected to recommend Americans wear masks when outside—doing things like grocery shopping. The White House is advocating for 30 days of social distancing to help stop the spread of Covid-19.

Slowing the spread is important so the health-care system isn’t overwhelmed. Ventilator availability for critically ill patients has been an issue in New York. There are about 200,000 ventilators in the U.S.

The coronavirus numbers are large enough that plotting them on a logarithmic scale is practical. A log scale is a useful way of illustrating data with a wide range of values, such as the cumulative progression of Covid-19 infections around the globe.

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The outbreak continues to fuel stock-market volatility. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 2.2% Thursday. The S&P 500 was up 2.3%.

U.S. stocks, however, are down for the week and futures are off again in Friday morning trading. Dow futures are off about 0.6%. S&P 500 futures are down about 0.4%.

For the year, the Dow is down about 25%. The S&P has fallen about 22%.

For more Covid-19 information, here’s a link to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website .

Write to Al Root at allen.root@dowjones.com

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

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