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The World Health Organization’s coronavirus dashboard showed a third consecutive daily record high in the number of newly confirmed cases on Sunday.

The WHO full figures for Saturday showed that the UN health agency had confirmed 465,319 cases during the day, surpassing 449,720 recorded on Friday and 437,247 recorded on Thursday.

The WHO has warned that some countries are on a “dangerous path” with too many countries seeing exponential increases in cases.

Within each week, the pattern of cases reported to WHO tends to increase towards Friday, Saturday and Sunday and decrease around Tuesday and Wednesday.

According to the WHO, there have been more than 42.3 million confirmed cases of respiratory disease while nearly 1.15 million people lost their lives, including 6,570 on Saturday.

Almost half of Saturday’s new cases were recorded in WHO’s Europe region, which hit a daily high of 221,898 cases.

In total, more than nine million cases have now been registered in the region.

“We are at a critical point in this pandemic, especially in the northern hemisphere,” WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press conference on Friday.

“The next few months will be very difficult and some countries are on a dangerous path.

“Too many countries have seen their cases grow exponentially, resulting in hospitals and intensive care units being over or overburdened – and we’re still only in October.”

The WHO urged leaders “to take immediate action to prevent further unnecessary deaths, important health services from collapsing and schools from closing,” he said.

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