The World Health Organization’s Covid-19 dashboard showed on Monday a new one-day record high had been reached at 307,930 confirmed cases of coronavirus.
The WHO’s complete figures for Sunday showed that 307,930 cases were confirmed to the UN health agency during the day, 19,870 higher than Saturday’s tally.
Daily confirmed cases have only topped 300,000 once before, when 306,857 were recorded on 6 September, AFP reports.
According to the WHO’s figures, there have been more than 28,870,000 confirmed cases of the respiratory disease, while more than 921,800 people have lost their lives, including 5,537 on Sunday.
“Lives and livelihoods have been lost, the global economy is in recession and social and political fault lines have been exposed,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said via video-link Monday at the organisation’s European regional committee.
“We are by no means out of the woods. The average daily number of cases in the region is now higher than it was during the first peak in March,” he said, citing the record 48,921 cases confirmed in Europe on Sunday.
A total of 132,464 cases were confirmed in the WHO’s Americas region on Sunday, followed by 101,119 in southeast Asia.
There were also 14,827 cases reported in the eastern Mediterranean, 5,958 in the western Pacific and 4,641 in Africa.