The global number of those infected with the coronavirus has increased by over 259,000 over the 24 hours, the highest daily total so far, the World Health Organisation dashboard showed on 18 July.
The global COVID-19 toll now stands at 13,876,441, according to the WHO. The death count is at 593,087 people, with over 7,360 deaths recorded in the past 24 hours, the WHO dashboard shows. The Americas are leading with 7,306,371 cases. The WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic on 11 March.