Several European countries have reported their highest level of daily new coronavirus infections as total cases in India approached 7 million and the World Health Organisation expressed concern about spikes in the Americas.
The Czech Republic and Poland registered record high rates of the virus on Wednesday while Germany grappled with a rising contagion rate.
Authorities in Belgium and France closed cafes and bars in a bid to bring the COVID-19 outbreak under control.
Germany reported its highest level of daily infections since April with 2828 cases in the last 24 hours on Wednesday.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the country has recorded 306,086 confirmed infections and 9562 deaths.
In recent days the number of daily infections has regularly exceeded 2000.
The situation has worsened especially in Berlin where a series of restrictions have been imposed including early bar closures and limits on social gatherings.
Brussels, the epicentre of infection in Belgium, will close bars, cafes and nightclubs for one month from Thursday.
Restaurants will be allowed to stay open but sports events will be held behind closed doors and religious centres will only be allowed to welcome up to 100 people.
Brussels is one of the three worst-affected European capitals, along with Madrid and Paris, a spokesperson for the federal government's coronavirus task force said.
The French capital and its surrounding region has been on high alert since Tuesday with bars and cafes closed for at least 15 days.
The number of COVID-19 cases in India reached 6.76 million on Wednesday, with a recovery rate crossing 85 per cent from the disease, according to the health ministry data.
Of the total number of people infected with the virus in the second worst-affected country by the coronavirus pandemic, 5.74 million have already overcome the infection, the federal health ministry said.
During the last 24 hours from Tuesday, the country recorded a total of 72,049 new infections and 986 deaths, raising the number of fatalities due to the virus to 104,555.
Meanwhile, the WHO says it is concerned about a rise in COVID-19 cases in places that had managed outbreaks effectively, such as Cuba and Jamaica, and 11 Caribbean countries that have moved from moderate to intense transmission, its regional director Carissa Etienne said on Wednesday.
The good news is that rates of severe COVID-19 cases have fallen across the Americas and fewer people are being hospitalised needing intensive care, she said in a virtual briefing from the US with other Pan American Health Organisation directors.
There have been more than 17 million cases and more than 574,000 deaths due to COVID-19 in the Americas, which has half of all cases and more than half of all deaths globally.
Brazil and the United States continue to be most deadly outbreaks in the world but transmission remains very active in the region as a whole where countries are suffering recurrent spikes in cases.
"More than half a million children and adolescents in our region have been infected and these numbers continue to rise," she said.
"Many of them are unaware they're infected because they have mild or no symptoms."
The lower demand for intensive care bed in hospitals is due in part to growing knowledge of the virus and how to manage critically ill patients, Etienne said.
Globally, more than 35.86 million people have been reported to be infected by the coronavirus and 1,047,657 have died, according to a Reuters tally.