Covid cases in Europe today: WHO data shows third wave spreading, but are UK cases rising?
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Coronavirus cases in Europe have seen a surge in recent weeks with a third wave reported. Many experts claim the third wave is a result of the sluggish vaccination delivery and the removal of restrictions across Europe. World Health Organization (WHO) data shows evidence of many countries seeing cases spike. But could the UK shortly follow this pattern and see cases rise once again?
A third coronavirus wave has begun across Europe with British holidaymakers bracing themselves for another year without a holiday abroad.
Cases are spiking exponentially across many countries in Europe.
Many European countries are now reintroducing Covid restrictions in a bid to drive down the infection rate.
France and Poland have returned to lockdown, with Germany also considering fresh restrictions.
The UK and EU are currently amidst a bitter row over the coronavirus vaccine.
The most recent move from European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen saw her threaten to block exports from the bloc if AstraZeneca did not start to meet its delivery targets.
EU Commissioner Mairead McGuinness endorsed President von der Leyen’s comments and refused to rule out a ban, saying that “everything is on the table”.
In retaliation Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said any bid by the EU to block coronavirus vaccine exports to the UK would be “counterproductive” and damage the bloc’s reputation globally.
Many experts have expressed concern the third wave across Europe could hit the UK in a matter of weeks.
Writing in the Telegraph, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “We must recognise that the rate of infection is still high – much higher than last summer.
“We can see the signs of a surge of Covid among some of our European friends, and we remember how we in the UK have tended to follow that upwards curve, if a few weeks later.
“We know how fast this disease can take off, and that Monday’s successful return to school will inevitably add to the budget of risk.
“The overwhelming majority of people – and businesses – would prefer us to take steps that are cautious but irreversible, rather than go backwards again. They would rather trade haste for certainty.”
A Government source also said Whitehall fears the European rise in cases could derail Mr Johnson’s roadmap back to normal life.
The source told The Times: “It’s a fact that when waves one and two hit Europe they hit us afterwards”.
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The World Health Organization has created a coronavirus dashboard tracking new cases around the globe.
Across Europe, the following countries have recorded the highest number of new cases in the last seven days per 100,000 population:
- Estonia: 798.62 per 100,000
- San Marino: 677.71 per 100,000
- Czech Republic: 658.04 per 100,000
- Hungary: 570.43 per 100,000
- Serbia: 500.38 per 100,000
- Poland: 401.4 per 100,000
- Isle of Man: 399.85 per 100,000
- Malta: 370.75 per 100,000
- Bulgaria: 354.06 per 100,000
- Andorra: 327.44 per 100,000
- North Macedonia: 318.18 per 100,000
- France: 313.82 per 100,000
- Bosnia and Herzegovina: 290.66 per 100,000
- Slovenia: 272.01 per 100,000
- Sweden: 264.38 per 100,000
- Republic of Moldova: 260.12 per 100,000
- Montenegro: 256.34 per 100,000
- Italy: 255.52 per 100,000
- Netherlands: 254.39 per 100,000
- Luxembourg: 241.22 per 100,000.
But it is not only the rate of cases which is causing concern – many countries are seeing death and hospitalisation rates spiral.
In terms of deaths, these countries have recorded the highest number of new deaths in the past seven days per 100,000 people:
- Hungary: 13.56 per 100,000
- Czech Republic: 13.46 per 100,000
- Bulgaria: 10.53 per 100,000
- Bosnia and Herzegovina: 10.03 per 100,000
- Slovakia: 9.45 per 100,000
- North Macedonia: 7.1 per 100,000
- Montenegro: 6.37 per 100,000
- San Marino: 5.89 per 100,000
- Republic of Moldova: 5.88 per 100,000
- Poland: 5.61 per 100,000
- Estonia: 5.13 per 100,000
- Italy: 4.57 per 100,000
- Luxembourg: 4.31 per 100,000
- Malta: 4.3 per 100,000
- Ukraine: 3.75 per 100,000
- Greece: 3.67 per 100,000
- Romania: 3.6 per 100,000
- Albania: 3.58 per 100,000
- Latvia: 3.39 per 100,000
- Armenia: 3.14 per 100,000.
Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the UK, France and Italy have recorded the highest number of cases so far.
However, the UK has been working to undertake vaccinations at a rapid rate.
In Britain, 26,263,732 vaccinations have been delivered, which is more than triple the number of the next nearest European country.
Despite the UK’s vaccine success, there are fears travelling abroad could bring people into contact with new vaccine-resistant strains of the virus.
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