Doctors are warning that Europe is at a turning point as the coronavirus surges back across the continent while Chinese authorities have completed tests on more than 10 million people in a port city.
With newly confirmed cases reaching records, the Czech Republic has shut schools and is building a field hospital, Poland has limited restaurant hours and closed gyms and schools while France is planning a 9pm curfew in Paris and other big cities.
In Britain, authorities are closing pubs and bars in areas in the country's north and putting limits on socialising in London and other parts of the country.
"This is a serious situation that should not be underestimated. It is serious on a European level," Italy's health minister Roberto Speranza said on Friday.
Europe is not alone in recording a resurgence.
In the United States, new cases per day are on the rise in 44 states and deaths per day are climbing in 30.
"If we don't get a handle on this, we run the risk of getting into a situation that's harder to control," Bertrand Levrat, the head of Switzerland's biggest hospital complex, said.
"We are really at a turning point - things can go both ways."
But while officials are sounding the alarm on the rising cases, they are also wary of imposing the stricter country-wide lockdowns that devastated their economies earlier in the year.
Instead, they are trying more targeted restrictions.
France is deploying 12,000 extra police to enforce its new curfew; Saturday night will be the first time establishments will be forced to close at 9pm.
Restaurants, cinemas and theatres are trying to figure out how they can survive the forced early closures.
Italy, the first country outside of Asia to detect local transmission of the virus, has banned pick-up sports and public gatherings after health officials said the resurgence had reached "an acute phase" following a period of relative grace following its particularly strict lockdown.
India's confirmed coronavirus-related fatalities jumped to 895 in the past 24 hours, a day after recording the lowest daily deaths of 680 in nearly three months.
The health ministry on Friday also reported 63,371 new cases, raising India's total to more than 7.3 million, second in the world behind the US.
South Korea's daily coronavirus tally has dropped below 50 for the first time in more than two weeks despite reports of small-scale local infections.
The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said on Friday the 47 cases added in the past 24 hours took the country's total to 25,035 with 441 deaths.
It's a decline from the 110 reported a day earlier, about half of them tied to a hospital for the elderly in the southeastern city of Busan.
Health official Son Young-rae said South Korea's caseload is currently showing a downward trend but he added that the public must stay vigilant as cluster infections have also been detected sporadically in hospitals and other high-risk facilities.
Meanwhile, authorities have completed tests on more than 10 million people in the northern Chinese port city of Qingdao after a hospital outbreak there blamed on "inappropriate disinfection".
Testing is set to continue to cover 11 million people, including more than 9 million citizens as well as those lacking formal residency.
A total of 13 cases have been discovered in the city but none since the mass testing program was launched earlier this week.
The cluster of infections, the first locally transmitted cases in China in about two months, appears to be linked to "inappropriate disinfection" in the CT room at the Qingdao Chest Hospital, Ma Lixin, a health official for surrounding Shandong province, told reporters.
Ma said the possibility of community transmission outside the hospital had been ruled out.
The National Health Commission on Friday reported 24 new cases, all of them from outsiders.
Chinese hospitals are currently treating 253 people for COVID-19, with another 381 people being monitored in isolation for having testing positive for the virus without showing symptoms or for being suspected cases.
China has reported a total of 5634 deaths from 85,646 cases recorded since the virus was first detected in Wuhan late last year.
Globally, more than 39.04 million people have been reported to be infected by the coronavirus and 1,099,334 have died.