Sept. 5 (UPI) -- India's total COVID-19 infection tally surged past 4 million Saturday after the country reported a single-day record of 86,432 new cases.
It took less than two weeks for India's case tally to increase from 3 million to 4 million cases, according to the Union Health Ministry, Press Trust of India reported. The country has more than 69,000 deaths.
India is one of three countries that, combined, have more than half the world's cases. The United States and Brazil have had the largest outbreaks in the world, according to the Johns Hopkins University global tracker.
The United States has the highest number of cases worldwide at over 6.2 million and highest number of deaths at over 187,000. Brazil has the second-highest number of cases at over 4.09 million and second-highest number of deaths at over 125,000.
In Melbourne, Australia, police said they arrested 17 people and issued fines for another 160 after protests turned violent. Hundreds of people gathered at the city's Shrine of Remembrance to protest lockdowns in response to the pandemic.
One of the protesters arrested was accused of assaulting a police officer.
"As a result of the protest, a police officer received lacerations to the head after being assaulted by an individual who was in attendance," Victoria Police said.
Australia has had more than 26,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 748 deaths as of Saturday.
In South Korea, public health officials have reported its lowest daily number of infections in three weeks.
The country confirmed 168 new cases, marking its lowest number since Aug. 15, according to the country's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A cluster of 1,156 cases linked to Seoul's Sarang-jeil church partially drove a surge in cases last month, along with another 510 cases linked to anti-government rallies held on Aug. 15.
The government announced tighter COVID-19 restrictions on Aug. 28, which took effect Sunday, including permitting only takeout services from franchise cafes and banning eat-in service between 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. at restaurants and bakeries. Officials also closed gyms and indoor sports facilities.
South Korea has 21,010 cases and 333 deaths related to COVID-19, according to the global tracker.
Director-General of Health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield said that he was a well-known politician, physician and published author.
"Dr. Williams was seen as a leading figure in the Cooks Islands medical community and he will be sadly missed," Bloomfield said. "Our thoughts are with his family and community at this time of loss and grief."
New Zealand has reported 1,767 cases and 24 deaths, the COVID-19 global tracker shows.
Worldwide, COVID-19 has infected over 26.6 million and killed over 875,000.