10 Aug 2020
Europe’s weekly COVID-19 infections are now higher than the continent’s first coronavirus peak in March, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.
“We have a very serious situation unfolding before us,” said Dr Hans Kluge, WHO’s regional director for Europe. Weekly cases have now exceeded those reported when the pandemic first peaked in Europe in March. Last week, the region’s weekly tally exceeded 300,000 cases, while in late Spring (March 30) it stood at 264,675. The WHO’s warning came as new figures said the global number of coronavirus cases worldwide has surpassed 30 million.
Johns Hopkins University confirmed the milestone was crossed after positive cases continued to rise, especially in India, where there was another 96,424 infections in the past 24 hours. Almost a million people — over 940,000 — have died around the world since the Covid-19 outbreak began in China last year. More than half of European countries have reported a greater than 10 per cent increase in cases in the past two weeks.
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