More than 27 million people worldwide have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus as of Monday and 888,236 have died due to the pandemic, according to a Reuters tally.
And now a new warning from the head of the World Health Organization as parts of the world still struggle to control this outbreak.
(SOUNDBITE: WHO DIRECTOR-GENERAL, TEDROS ADHANOM GHEBREYESUS)
"This will not be the last pandemic. History teaches us that outbreaks and pandemics are a fact of life. But when the next pandemic comes, the world must be ready, more ready than it was this time. In recent years, many countries have made enormous advances in medicine, but too many have neglected their basic public health systems which are the foundation for responding to infectious disease outbreaks."
Many countries, however, still have their hands full with COVID-19.
Spain has seen a resurgence in cases and on Monday became the first European country to top half a million coronavirus cases.
Health experts at the WHO say there is no room for complacency.
(SOUNDBITE) WHO EMERGENCIES PROGRAMME DIRECTOR MIKE RYAN)
"There is always the risk that disease can flare up again and sporadic cases can turn into clusters, clusters can turn into community transmission and community transmission can lead to overwhelmed heath systems. We saw that happen in the earlier part of the year, we continue to see that happen in some countries. We need to avoid that happening again."
U.S. disease experts are keeping a close eye on what happens with the rate of infection in the next couple of weeks following Monday's Labor Day, when many traditionally hold end-of-summer festivities... and as more students return to the classroom.