A record number of beekeepers have been infected with the deadly coronavirus.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reported a record of more than 17,000 confirmed cases in 2016, an increase of about 11,000 compared with the previous year.
“Infection with the coronaviruses CA and H7N9 is a global phenomenon and has reached new heights in the last year,” WHO’s head of health Antony Jenkins told the news agency.
“The number of confirmed cases is now at an all-time high.
The number of infections, however, is still not a factor in the global economic recovery.”
More than 1.3 million beekeepers around the world have died since the virus first emerged in December 2015.
The outbreak has devastated beekeeping and has resulted in a number of diseases that could kill millions of people.
Since the start of the pandemic in March, at least 9,957 people in India, China and the Philippines have died from the virus, according to the WHO.