There were more than 389,000 new cases of the coronavirus reported worldwide in the past 24 hours.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there were a total of 389,683 new cases of COVID-19 reported to them in the past 24 hours, with over 40 countries reporting more than 1,000 new cases on Oct. 18. There were also 6,046 COVID-related deaths reported worldwide.
The global total number of confirmed cases now stands at 39,596,858.
Countries that saw the highest number of new infections in the past 24 hours were the United States with 69,834 new cases, India with 61,871 new cases, France with a single-day high of 32,427 new cases, and Brazil with 30,914 new cases.
Of the nearly 390,000 new cases reported to WHO on Sunday, the majority of them were from countries within Europe and the Americas regions, where infections have been rising in recent weeks.
Data available on WHO’s website shows that the European region reported 155,833 new cases while the Americas region reported 145,815 new cases.
Europe’s case numbers were driven largely by France, the United Kingdom (16,171), Russia (15,099), and Italy (10,925). Italy’s nearly 11,000 new cases on Sunday was a record one-day total for the country.
Other countries in Europe that recorded their highest daily tally of new infections include Poland (9,622), Netherlands (8,372), Austria (2,042), Slovenia (1,624), and Ireland (1,251).
Although the United States and Brazil accounted for most of the new infections in the Americas regions on Sunday, Argentina (16,546) and Colombia (8,372) also reported high case numbers.
The United States’ 69,834 new cases are the most the country has reported in a single day since mid-July.
Canada, meanwhile, reported 2,374 new cases.
Elsewhere, Tunisia reported its highest one-day total with 5,752 new cases on Sunday. The North African country has never recorded more than 3,200 new cases in a single day.