Europe surpassed the 100,000 daily cases of covid-19 for the first time this Thursday.
Infections have been steadily increasing over the past week across the continent, while new cases in the most affected countries, such as India and Brazil, have shown signs of easing.
The epicenter of the outbreak in Europe moved to the United Kingdom, Russia, Spain and France, which reported at least more than 10,000 cases each in the past three days.
Europe currently accounts for more than 16% of the global total of cases and almost 22% of deaths worldwide due to the new coronavirus, according to the agency Reuters.
On Thursday, when cases reported daily exceeded the 100,000 mark, Eastern Europe was the region most affected, with more than 33,600 cases reported.
Among the ten countries in the region, including Ukraine, Russia and the Czech Republic, eight saw ‘record’ increases in the past week.
In Northern Europe, the United Kingdom was the country with the highest number of infections. New cases have increased more than 2.5 times since the beginning of October, showing no signs of slowing down.
British Health Minister Matt Hancock warned that the country was in a “dangerous moment”. Many parts of northern England, Wales and Scotland have introduced stricter restrictions to try to stem the growing spread of the disease.
The country’s death rate is in sharp contrast to the United States, at 2.8%, although the United States has recorded more than four times the total number of deaths due to the virus.
Italy, in southern Europe, recorded more than 4000 cases for the first time since April, when the country was ‘attacked’ by the virus. The daily number of cases in the country has been steadily increasing for three months.
The country has the second highest number of deaths on the continent, with 36,083 deaths since the outbreak began in February.
In Spain, the government declared a state of emergency this Friday, to impose partial confinement on Madrid. With 850 infections per 100,000 people, the Madrid area has the highest infection rate in Europe.
In Western Europe, France recorded new daily cases above the ‘record’ threshold of 18,000 for two consecutive days on Thursday, with hospitals switching to an emergency mode and their largest cities closing down establishments to contain the spread of the disease. virus.
Belgium has also imposed more stringent measures after new infections have emerged in the country. New cases have increased by more than 2.6 times since the beginning of October. Covid-19 has already caused more than 10,000 deaths in the country, which has a population of 11 million people.
In Europe, the daily average of cases since the beginning of October was around 78,000, against an average of 47,500 in September.