contaminations explode in Europe this week

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contaminations explode in Europe this week




Passengers on the London Underground, October 16, 2020


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Passengers on the London Underground, October 16, 2020


The number of people infected with the new coronavirus has continued to explode in Europe but has decreased in Latin America, the Middle East and Asia: here are the weekly highlights, taken from an AFP database.


The Spanish region of Catalonia decided on Wednesday to close all its bars and restaurants for 15 days, a drastic measure intended to avoid "total confinement" which comes after the partial closure of the capital Madrid.


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The Spanish region of Catalonia decided on Wednesday to close all its bars and restaurants for 15 days, a drastic measure intended to avoid “total confinement” which comes after the partial closure of the capital Madrid.


An important indicator, however, the number of diagnosed cases only reflects a fraction of the actual number of infections and comparisons between countries should be taken with a grain of salt, as testing policies differ from one country to another.


Coronavirus test at Cologne train station, October 15, 2020


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Coronavirus test at Cologne train station, October 15, 2020


– Explosion in Europe –

The pandemic continued to accelerate this week with 342,550 new daily cases, or 9% more than the previous week, according to a report established by AFP on Friday at 11:00 GMT.

Growth is strongest in Europe (+ 44%). The number of new daily cases is around 121,227 against 84,400 the previous week.

The trend is also accelerating in Oceania (+ 66% but with an average of one hundred daily cases), in North America (+ 17%) and in Africa (+ 16%).

On the other hand, the number of contaminations fell in Latin America / Caribbean and the Middle East (-15%) as well as in Asia (-7%) for a new consecutive week.

– Main accelerations –

Among the countries that recorded more than 1,000 daily cases during the past week, Switzerland is the country where the epidemic has progressed the most (+ 146%, 1,771 new daily cases). Belgium (+ 125%, 6,235), Poland (+ 111%, 5,472), Italy (+ 106%, 6,172) and Slovakia (+ 78%, 1,214) follow.


Graph showing new cases and deaths of Covid-19 in Europe, as of October 15.


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Graph showing new cases and deaths of Covid-19 in Europe, as of October 15.


– Strongest declines –

The strongest decline is observed in Israel, which emerged at the beginning of the week from a second generalized confinement (-60%, 2,114 new cases daily). Mexico (-46%, 4,346), Brazil (-22%, 20,135) and like the previous week Iraq (-18%, 3,175) and India (-10%, 67,349) follow.

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– The most contaminations –

India remains the country with the highest number of new infections this week (67,349 cases on average per day) ahead of the United States (53,746) and Brazil (35,235). While the trend is declining in India and Brazil, it is deteriorating in the United States (+ 18%).

Next are France (19,714, + 47%), the United Kingdom (15,972, + 32%), Russia (13,437, + 26%) and Argentina (13,242, + 1%).

– Death –

India remains the country with the most deaths (820 per day, -16%) ahead of the United States (724, + 5%), Brazil (500, -18%), Argentina (376, + 9%) and Mexico (313, -56%).

– Bilan global –

The pandemic has killed at least 1.099 million people since its onset at the end of December, for more than 38.97 million confirmed infections. The United States remains the most bereaved country with at least 217,717 deaths, ahead of Brazil (152,460 dead) and India (112,161).

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