GENEVA, January 23. /TASS/. More than 600,000 new cases of novel coronavirus have been confirmed globally in the past 24 hours, pushing a total number of infections to 96.87 million, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its daily bulletin on Saturday.
According to the WHO updates, the coronavirus-related deaths increased by over 15,800 to exceed 2.09 million.
As of 18.57 Moscow time on January 23, as many as 96,877,399 coronavirus cases and 2,098,879 coronavirus-related deaths were registered across the globe. The number of confirmed cases grew by 600,790 in the past 24 hours and the number of fatalities increased by 15,846.
The WHO statistics are based on the officially confirmed data provided by countries.
South and North America account for more than 50% of new COVID-19 cases submitted to the WHO in the past 24 hours (325,856). Europe goes second (188,728 cases) followed by South East Asia (30,295).
Most COVID-19 cases are recorded in the United States (24,413,331), followed by India (10,639,684), Brazil (8,697,368), Russia (3,698,273), the UK (3,583,911), France (2,961,737), Spain (2,456,675), Italy (2,441,854), Germany (2,122,679), Colombia (1,972,345), Argentina (1,843,077), and Mexico (1,711,283).