Belgium, Italy and the UK – among the worst affected countries in Europe – are experiencing a resurgence but, for now at least, nothing like March and April. Of the three, the UK figures look the most worrying. He recorded 4,368 cases yesterday.
France, Poland, the Netherlands and Spain are probably facing the dreaded second wave and have started to take steps to curb it. France, for example, declared 13,498 new cases on Saturday and the Netherlands 2,215 yesterday – the highest figures on record.
“We are facing a very serious situation,” said Dr Hans Kluge, World Health Organization regional director for Europe, on Thursday. He spoke by revealing that the number of weekly infections in Europe was higher now than at the first peak in March.
Although at first glance the number of infections may be higher, this could be explained by the increase in testing – many countries did not have the capacity to perform tests at such a high volume earlier in the year. the year.
* ECDC methodology
The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control reports the number of deaths as of the reporting date, while national authorities can report deaths by date of death. Some countries have also chosen not to report deaths on weekends and may make minor corrections afterwards. This can lead to minor discrepancies in the dates of the report.