WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the pandemic was "accelerating" and urged nations and citizens to remain extremely vigilant, as the number of cases reported to the UN health agency hit a new peak.
More than 8.8 million cases have now been reported to World Health Organization, and more than 465,000 people have lost their lives.
WHO's DG Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the greatest threat was not the virus itself, which has now killed over 470,000 people (at press time), but "the lack of global solidarity and global leadership". Some countries that have successfully suppressed transmission are now seeing an upswing in cases as they reopen their societies and economies.
Almost half of Sunday's record number of cases were recorded in Brazil and the USA, the two countries that also have the highest COVID-19 death tolls in the world.
"So far, 48 countries have made requests for supplies and the organisation is in the process of shipping more than 140 million items of personal protective equipment to 135 countries, 14 000 oxygen concentrators and millions of tests", said Ghebreyesus.
He also urged every individual to take measures to protect themselves and others, such as maintain physical distance, cleaning hands and wearing a mask where appropriate.
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Meanwhile, he said, the world continues to learn about how best to treat the sick.
He said demand for the steroid already surged, following the United Kingdom trial results showing dexamethasone's benefit.
"The next challenge is to increase production and rapidly and equitably distribute dexamethasone worldwide, focusing on where it's needed most". Some countries continue to see a rapid increase in the number of cases and deaths.
But he reiterated that it should only be used for patients with severe or critical disease and under close clinical supervision.
There is no evidence that dexamethasone works for patients who are only mildly affected, or as a preventative measure, he cautioned.
Over the past 24 hours, 3,847 people died from COVID-19 worldwide, taking the cumulative death toll to 469,587 fatalities, according to the report. The most hard situation is observed in North and South America, as well as in some Asian countries.