(CNN) — The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that coronavirus cases are increasing alarmingly in Europe, as a “very serious situation” develops across the continent.

As COVID-19 infections rise to record highs, European governments are imposing strict local measures and weighing new blockades in a bid to stem a second wave of the pandemic.

But WHO regional director Hans Kluge said at a press conference Thursday that the increase in coronavirus cases in Europe should serve as a warning of what is to come.

“Weekly cases have now exceeded those reported when the pandemic peaked in Europe in March,” Kluge said. “Last week, the weekly count for the region exceeded 300,000 patients.”

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