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Europe ‘on thin ice’ as Covid deaths sneak up – report

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Jiya Saini
Jiya Saini is a Journalist and Writer at Revyuh.com. She has been working with us since January 2018. After studying at Jamia Millia University, she is fascinated by smart lifestyle and smart living. She covers technology, games, sports and smart living, as well as good experience in press relations. She is also a freelance trainer for macOS and iOS, and In the past, she has worked with various online news magazines in India and Singapore. Email: jiya (at) revyuh (dot) com

The coronavirus pandemic continues to spread throughout the world, with more than 180 million confirmed cases to date.

The United States, India and Brazil recorded the most confirmed cases, followed by France, Turkey, Russia and the United Kingdom.

Revyuh has prepared a guide to explain how the rates of Covid-19 death rates compare between European countries.

The United Kingdom has the highest incidence of COVID-19 among European countries.

Portugal and Spain share the second and third highest COVID-19 incidence rates, according to a report conducted by the Group of Computational Biology and Complex Systems (BIOCOMSC) of the Physics Department of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC).

The UK recorded a rate of 194.6 per 100000 in the last two weeks, according to the report, while Portugal recorded 135.3 per 100000 cases.

Spain recorded 93.4 infections per 100,000 population over the last 14 days.

Cyprus also shows disturbing trends with a lower incidence rate, but the breeding rate of the virus in the country is 1.39 per 100,000 inhabitants.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has already warned the Covid crisis across Europe is “on thin ice” as the Delta variant spreads across the continent.

The Alpha variant struck the mainland hard this year and now the Delta variant, 40 to 60 per cent more communicable, is now affecting the region.

Different countries are trying to deal with the delta threat differently, but many experts think it could disrupt plans to lift restrictions during the summer.

In the last seven days, a total of 55,991 Covid deaths were recorded around the world according to the WHO.

Of those deaths, 6,593 were reported across Europe.

Russia reported the highest number of deaths of any European nation with 4,092 deaths in the past seven days.

Turkey, Germany and Ukraine had the next highest number of deaths with 391, 367 and 263 deaths respectively.

Russia also reported the highest number of new deaths in the past 24 hours at 611 Covid deaths.

Turkey and France had the second and third highest number of new deaths at 52 and 46 respectively.

Greece, Italy and the UK had the next highest number of new Covid deaths at 18, 14 and 11.

After the UK, Belarus, Georgia, Ukraine, Hungary and Germany had the following number of deaths at 10, 9, 9, 8 and 8 respectively.

According to the WHO, the following European countries have the highest number of newly recorded deaths in the last seven days per 100,000 inhabitants:

  • Russia: 2.8 per 100,000
  • Georgia: 2.51 per 100,000
  • Greece: 1.08 per 100,000
  • Belarus: 0.73 per 100,000
  • Europe: 0.71 per 100,000
  • Montenegro: 0.64 per 100,000
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: 0.64 per 100,000
  • Austria: 0.61 per 100,000
  • Ukraine: 0.6 per 100,000
  • Bulgaria: 0.53 per 100,000
  • Lithuania: 0.5 per 100,000
  • Croatia: 0.49 per 100,000
  • Turkey: 0.46 per 100,000
  • Germany: 0.44 per 100,000
  • North Macedonia: 0.43 per 100,000
  • Serbia: 0.43 per 100,000
  • Poland: 0.4 per 100,000
  • Latvia: 0.37 per 100,000
  • Armenia: 0.37 per 100,000
  • Republic of Moldova: 0.35 per 100,000
  • Italy: 0.34 per 100,000
  • France: 0.34 per 100,000
  • Hungary: 0.3 per 100,000
  • Romania: 0.21 per 100,000
  • Ireland: 0.2 per 100,000
  • Slovenia: 0.19 per 100,000
  • Portugal: 0.18 per 100,000
  • The UK: 0.18 per 100,000
  • The Czech Republic: 0.17 per 100,000
  • Slovakia: 0.16 per 100,000
  • Belgium: 0.16 per 100,000
  • Netherlands: 0.09 per 100,000
  • Estonia: 0.08 per 100,000
  • Albania: 0.07 per 100,000
  • Azerbaijan: 0.06 per 100,000
  • Spain: 0.06 per 100,000
  • Finland: 0.04 per 100,000
  • Norway: 0.04 per 100,000
  • Denmark: 0.03 per 100,000
  • Sweden: 0.02 per 100,000
  • Switzerland: 0.02 per 100,000

The new figures came as a European Union vaccine passport programme revealed people can travel freely within the bloc from July 1 – so long as they have received one of four western-made Covid vaccines.

The EU recognised vaccines include AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer & BioNTech, and Johnson & Johnson.

According to Reuters, countries, including Germany, Greece and Spain, have already put in place the “EU digital Covid certificate” before it comes into effect.

These developments came as all of Italy became mask-free outdoors in “low-risk” zones which marks a dramatic milestone for the country.

Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images

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