Australia’s coronaviruses are reaching the highest levels in a decade, with the latest cases hitting about 3.5 million people and the worst-ever outbreak hitting about 10 million, the World Health Organization said.
The latest cases are mostly in the states of New South Wales and Victoria, but the outbreak is also sweeping the Pacific island nation of Kiribati.
The WHO said the latest coronaviral case was reported in the capital, Canberra, and a second in Melbourne, and more than a third in Darwin and the northern city of Darwin.
The virus has killed more than 10,000 people since it was first detected in Australia in September, and has now infected more than 13,500 people.
About 80 per cent of the coronatavirus cases reported in Australia have been confirmed, and only about two per cent have died.
The number of confirmed cases in Australia has been falling, although it still tops the global average of about 7,000 cases per day.
“The situation is now very concerning,” said Dr. Joanne Marmion, the WHO’s acting director.
“We are seeing the highest numbers of deaths in Australia.”
More than 6,000 Australians have died of coronavirois, and most of them were young adults.
But some cases are emerging among adults and people who have been infected with other types of the virus, like those who have had blood transfusions.
The United States has had its worst outbreak of the disease in the United States, and the CDC has warned that the country is on track to be hit by an even larger outbreak.