The World Health Organization says coronavids are on the rise in the world, but there’s no clear pattern to where the spike is happening.
The number of coronavides worldwide fell to 5,000 this week from 5,600 in the same time last year, a sharp decrease from the peak of about 8,000 in 2015.
The number of cases has risen sharply in Europe, with about 1,300 deaths this week compared with only 600 in 2016.
“We have seen a rapid increase in coronavid infections in Europe in recent weeks,” WHO chief Margaret Chan said.
“The most alarming thing about this is that it is so widespread.
This is not a new phenomenon, but it is a very rapid increase.”
A number of countries, including Britain, France and Italy, are also seeing record numbers of coronivirus deaths.
The WHO says the spike in cases is also being felt in countries in the Middle East and South Asia, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.
Cases have also risen in several Asian countries including China, South Korea, Japan and India.
On Wednesday, China reported its highest ever death toll from coronavoid disease, at 1,769, the highest for any country.
India is now reporting its highest death toll of all the world’s states, at 3,051, as well.
In Australia, coronavoids remain the country’s top killer.
Australia has recorded more than 2,000 deaths from coronas since January, and more than 3,000 coronavuses in the past year.