More than 294,000 people tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, according to the World Health Organization’s figures. This is the highest daily increase of the pandemic so far.
Cases are continuing to surge in many countries, while others – which had apparent success in suppressing initial outbreaks – are now seeing infections rise again.
Several countries across Europe have reported a recent rise in cases.
Spain, which was one of the worst-affected countries in the early months of the pandemic, has seen an increase in recent weeks and experts there say the country has once again reached a “critical situation”.
France, another country that saw a large number of cases and deaths in March and April before managing to restrict the spread of the virus, is also seeing a surge in infections.
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said the coronavirus pandemic is “easily the most severe” global health emergency the organisation has ever seen and that there may never be a vaccine – or “silver bullet” – to defeat the virus.
However, he has also pointed out that, though the virus has been detected in 188 countries, about half of all cases reported so far were from just three: the US, Brazil and India.