World in 'new and dangerous phase' of pandemic: WHO
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged nations and citizens to remain extremely vigilant, as the number of cases reported to the UN health agency hit a new peak.
He said almost half of those cases were reported from the Americas, with large numbers also being reported from South Asia and the Middle East.
"But the virus is still spreading fast, it's still deadly and most people are still susceptible."
The novel coronavirus has killed at least 454,000 people and infected more than 8.5 million since the outbreak began in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP.