“The reason why it’s particularly dark is that now we don’t have the full data, because more and more the pandemic is spreading in places where testing is not available, so the numbers that we have we know are a major underestimate.
“It’s bigger than ever, it’s fiercer than ever and it’s causing more distress than ever – this is a bad phase.”
He added that the “evolving” virus was going to be “building up and surging in many different parts of the world”.
India is one. On Tuesday alone, more than 380,000 new cases were recorded, though the actual number will be far higher due to testing limitations.
There were also 3,780 deaths. Again, the actual number is likely to be much higher amid reports many deaths have not been registered by the authorities.
In Europe, Cyprus saw a massive spike in cases last month. On April 24, the seven-day average surpassed 1,000 infections per million people, though that has since dropped to 603 per million, which is the fifth highest in the world.