A record number of new confirmed coronavirus cases were recorded across the globe on Saturday, with more than 250,000 cases reported, the World Health Organization said.
It was the first time the number of new single-day infections topped a quarter-million, the health agency added, with 259,848 cases recorded.
The United States, Brazil, South Africa and India, which has reached more than one million cases on Friday, reported the biggest increases.
The previous record — set 24 hours earlier — was 237,743 cases.
The WHO said the number of global deaths was approaching 600,000. It said 7,360 new deaths were recorded worldwide on Saturday, the biggest daily rise since early May.
The grim milestone comes amid concerns about the virus re-emerging in Asia and Europe.