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8:50 p.m. ET, May 20, 2020

WHO reports largest one-day jump in global coronavirus cases

From CNN Health’s Ben Tinker

Tedros Adhanom-Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, on Wednesday said that more cases had been reported to the agency in the past 24 hours than any time since the novel coronavirus pandemic began. 

“We still have a long way to go in this pandemic,” Tedros said at a briefing in Geneva. “In the last 24 hours, there have been 106,000 cases reported to WHO -- the most in a single day since the outbreak began. Almost two-thirds of these cases were reported in just four countries.”

Those four countries are the United States, Russia, Brazil and India, WHO infectious disease epidemiologist Maria Van Kerkhove confirmed to CNN.

It is important to note: There can be delays in reporting at many points in the process, so this single-day high does not mean that these 106,000 people were infected, tested or counted in the past 24 hours.

CNN relies exclusively on Johns Hopkins University for its case and death counts, but the world’s preeminent health agency making this announcement today is newsworthy.

8:53 p.m. ET, May 20, 2020

Brazil reports nearly 20,000 new cases in biggest single-day surge

From CNN's Shasta Darlington and Mitchell McCluskey

Brazil saw its highest jump in coronavirus cases within 24 hours, the country's health ministry announced on Wednesday.

Some 19,951 new infections were recorded, bringing the country's total to 291,579 confirmed cases.

Brazil also reported 888 deaths, bringing to the national total to 18,859 fatalities, the ministry said. 

CNN is tracking worldwide coronavirus cases here: