WHO reports record daily increase in global coronavirus cases, up over 237,000

Medical workers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) tend to a patient suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) hospital, in New Delhi, India July 17, 2020. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

(Reuters) - The World Health Organization reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases on Friday, with the total rising by 237,743 in 24 hours.

The biggest increases were from the United States, Brazil, India and South Africa, according to a daily report. The previous WHO record for new cases was 230,370 on July 12. Deaths have held steady and averaged less than 5,000 a day in July.

Total global coronavirus cases were approaching 14 million on Friday, according to a Reuters tally, marking another milestone in the spread of the disease that has killed more than 590,000 people in seven months.

Writing by Lisa Shumaker; Editing by Chris Reese