Coronavirus cases continue to rise in India and South Korea while infections in Europe are back to levels recorded in March when the outbreak began its peak phase there, the head of the European Union's public health agency says.
"The virus has not been sleeping over the (northern) summer. It did not take vacation," Andrea Ammon, head of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), told EU lawmakers in a regular hearing.
She said this week's data showed that across Europe there were 46 cases per 100,000 people.
"We are almost back to numbers that we have seen in March," Ammon said.
Infections in March in Europe began growing steadily to about 40 per 100,000 people at the end of the month, according to ECDC data, and kept increasing to about 70 per 100,000 by the end of April.
The current increase of cases was due in part to more testing, she said.
New cases also concern largely younger people, she added, a new pattern that had resulted in stable hospitalisation numbers as the illness is more serious for older people who were hit hard in March and April.
However, Ammon said hospitalisations were now growing again, signalling spikes in cases also among the elderly.
The data - which concern the 27 EU countries as well as Britain, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein - varied greatly between states from 2 to 176 per 100,000 people, Ammon said without citing specific countries.
Meanwhile, India on Wednesday reported 78,357 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, raising the country's tally to more than 3.7 million reported cases since the pandemic began.
The climb comes as the government eases pandemic restrictions to help the battered economy.
The health ministry on Wednesday reported 1045 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking total fatalities up to 66,333.
India has been reporting the most new daily cases in the world for more than three weeks.
It has also increased its testing capacity - to nearly 100,000 per day - but experts say it is not enough.
South Korea has recorded a triple-digit daily jump in reported coronavirus infections for the 20th straight day, prompting authorities to impose tough distancing rules.
The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday the 267 new cases took the country's tally since the pandemic began to 20,449 reported infections with 326 deaths.
South Korea has reported a rise in infections since early last month, many associated with churches, restaurants and schools.
Authorities have recently restricted dining at restaurants and ordered the shutdown of churches, fitness centres and night establishments in the Seoul area as it struggles to track many of the new infections.
Globally, more than 25.85 million people have been reported to be infected by the coronavirus and 857,201 have died.