Global coronavirus cases topped 25 million on Sunday, according to data compiled by the United States-based Johns Hopkins University, with India setting the record for the largest increase in the number of cases in one day.
Current data from the university showed that global confirmed infections with COVID-19 stood at 25,009,739 and the number of recoveries reached 16,411,400.
According to data from the World Health Organization, the official number of coronavirus cases worldwide is now at least five times the number of serious influenza illnesses recorded each year. Several health officials have warned that the actual numbers are likely to be much higher than the official number because tests have not been able to capture a full picture.
Nearly 843,000 people have died from the virus worldwide, and with no vaccine or effective treatment yet available, governments have resorted to physical distancing and lockdowns to stop its spread.
In India, its health ministry said on Sunday that at least 78,761 new infections had been reported in 24 hours, setting a new daily record worldwide.
The rise in India, home to 1.3 billion people, came as the government further eased lockdown restrictions during its two-day weekend to help ease pressure on the struggling economy.
Countries like New Zealand and South Korea, which previously had largely brought their epidemics under control, are also now battling new clusters of infections.
Halfway around the world, Latin America – the hardest-hit region – was still grappling with its first wave, with COVID-19 deaths in Brazil exceeding 120,000, just behind the United States.
The United States remains the country hardest hit by the pandemic, with more than 5.96 million cases and 182,779 deaths.
China has recorded 89,863 cases to date and its toll stands at 4,721.
Overall, the virus has spread to 188 countries and regions.