Worldwide confirmed cases of COVID-19 have topped 6.6 million, with the global infection rate rising faster than ever. There are now over 100,000 new reported infections daily — likely just a fraction of the true toll. Over the past two weeks, twice as many countries have reported a surge in cases compared to countries that have reported a downward pattern.
This comes as Brazil has overtaken Italy as the country with the third-highest COVID-19 death toll. Brazil’s health minister confirmed more than 1,400 new deaths in a single day Thursday — a record — taking Brazil’s total to over 34,000.