A record 212,326 new cases of the coronavirus were diagnosed worldwide on Saturday July 4, according to the World Health Organization.
The staggering figure was an 11 per cent rise on the previous record of 190,566, which was set on June 28.
June was the most devastating month for the global pandemic and saw cases top 10million and deaths surge past 500,000. The 10million milestone was hit only last Sunday and the total has since risen to 11.3m, meaning more than 1.3million people have been diagnosed in a week.
Although many countries in Europe are now emerging from the worst days of the global crisis, the pandemic still rages on in the Americas and Asia.