BERLIN (Forsige) – Europe ‘s latest COVID-19 cases doubled in five weeks, propelling the country on Sunday through the grim milestone of 10 million total infections.
Both Latin America and Asia registered over 10 million total cases in their regions only last month. The United States alone has a steadily accelerating epidemic of over 9 million cases.
Although Europe took nearly nine months to record the first 5 million cases of COVID-19, according to a Reuters study, the next 5 million cases were registered in just over a month.
Europe accounts for about 22 percent of the global caseload of 46.3 million infections with 10 percent of the world’s population. The area accounts for some 23 percent of the global COVID-19 death toll of nearly 1.2 million lives lost, with over 269,000 deaths.
France, Germany and the United Kingdom have declared national lockdowns for at least the next month in the midst of the surging incidents, which are almost as stringent as the March and April restrictions. A partial lockout was imposed by Portugal and controls are being tightened by Spain and Italy.
Europe has reported more than 1.6 million new cases in the past seven days, almost half of the 3.3 million reported worldwide, with over 16,100 deaths, according to Reuters research, a 44 percent leap over the previous week.
Over 127 cases of coronavirus have been identified for every 10,000 people in Europe and about four people have died, according to Reuters reports. 278 incidents and seven deaths per 10,000 people have occurred in the United States.
Within the region, Eastern Europe accounts for almost one-third of the total reported COVID-19 cases, the highest number of cases, while Southern Europe accounts for around 32 percent of the total reported coronavirus-related fatalities in Europe.
With over 1.6 million COVID-19 infections, Russia is the worst-affected Eastern European nation. Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova of the Nation said on Wednesday that hospital beds in 16 regions of the country were at 90% capacity.
Owing to a lack of coordination and inability to use a lull in cases over the summer to reinforce defenses, governments across Europe have been under fire, leaving hospitals unprepared.