The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that a "very serious situation" is unfolding in Europe, as there are "alarming levels of transmission" of the coronavirus wave across the continent.
"Weekly cases have now surpassed the figures reported when the pandemic first peaked in Europe in March," said WHO Regional Director Hans Kluge.
"Last week, the region's weekly number exceeded 300,000 affected."
Kluge added that more than half of European countries have reported an increase of more than 10% of new cases in the last two weeks.
"Of these, seven countries have reported doubling cases in the same period," he added.
Kluge also said the increase in cases should serve as a warning of what is to come.
"In the spring and early summer we were able to see the impact of strict blocking measures. "Our efforts, our sacrifices, paid off," he said.
"In June, the cases reached an all-time minimum."
"The September figures should serve as a wake-up call for all of us. "While these numbers reflect a more comprehensive test, they also show alarming levels of transmission across the region."