Germany, Brazil and the United States are among the nations grappling with a recent spike in coronavirus cases as the World Health Organization reported the highest one-day increase in cases globally on Sunday.
Despite a successful streak in containing the spread of the virus in Germany, an outbreak among workers at the Toennies meat processing plant in Gütersloh, has led to at least 1,331 new cases of the virus, officials said on Monday. At least 7,000 employees and their families connected with the plant were forced to quarantine in an effort to prevent further spread.
As of Monday, Germany had seen 190,359 cases and 8,885 deaths — lower numbers than seen elsewhere in Europe. But the recent increase means the virus reproduction rate for the country has jumped to 2.88 — well above the containment level of under 1.
Meanwhile, at least 2.2 million people have been infected in the U.S., while over 120,000 people have been killed, according to NBC News’ tracking.
The latest national hotspots for the virus have shifted from the original epicenter in the Northeast, particularly New York City. Instead, the highest infection rates are now being detected in southern and western states including Oregon and Oklahoma.
Despite the grim figures, President Donald Trump told a campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that testing should be slowed down to reduce the number of new cases being detected — a remark the White House later described as a joke.
Brazil passed 1 million coronavirus cases over the weekend and its death toll reached 50,591, according to Johns Hopkins University’s tracker.
An additional 23,171 people who were not officially diagnosed with the coronavirus died from respiratory infections between Jan. 1 and June 6, according to Fiocruz, one of Brazil’s state-run health research institutes. However, experts believe most of them died from COVID-19.