This Reuters photo was taken in Sao Paulo, Brazil. People wear facemasks but social distancing protocol is greatly ignored. Brazil is right next to the United States (3,781,985) with 2,098,389 Covid-19 cases.

By FAITH RIDLER (MAILONLINE)

UNITED Kingdom — A record-breaking surge in coronavirus cases was reported yesterday as almost 260,000 people tested positive for the virus in 24 hours.

The most significant increases were noted in the US, Brazil, India and South Africa, as the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases surpassed 14.2 million worldwide.

On Saturday, the World Health Organization reported 71,484 new cases in the US, 45,403 in Brazil, 34,884 in India and 13,373 in South Africa.

It comes as the global death toll reached 601,549, with the largest daily increase since May 10 reported on Saturday when 7,360 patients died.

However, experts believe true numbers around the world are much higher due to testing shortages and data collection issues in some nations.

The previous World Health Organization record for new cases was 237,743 on Friday.

Covid-19 has been detected in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China last December, the Sun reported.

The US has reported the most coronavirus deaths, with 140,119 confirmed amid 3.7 million cases.        

Infections are soaring in Florida, Texas and Arizona, fueled by the haphazard lifting of lockdowns and the resistance of some US citizens to wearing masks.

Teams of military medics have been deployed in Texas and California to help hospitals deal with a deluge of patients who are flooding emergency rooms. (ia/MailOnline/SPH)