Europe becomes second region to cross 250,000 deaths as second COVID wave hits




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(Reuters) – Europe became the region after Latin America to surpass 250,000 deaths on Saturday, according to a Reuters tally, with record numbers of daily -19 reported in the past weeks.

 

Europe reported 200,000 daily for the first time on , as many Southern European countries this week reported their highest of cases in a single day.

Europe accounts for nearly 19% of global deaths and about 22% of global cases, according to a Reuters tally.

The United Kingdom, Italy, France, Russia, Belgium and Spain account for nearly -thirds of about 250,000 deaths registered until now from a total of about 8 million cases across Europe.

The United Kingdom leads Europe’s with about 45,000 deaths, followed by Italy, Spain, France and Russia. Boris Johnson said on Britain cannot rely on a and will need to other measures to slow the pandemic.

Based on last seven-days daily reported average deaths, Russia is reporting 250 deaths per day, Europe’s highest toll, followed by the United Kingdom and France with about 143 deaths each.

France became the seventh country to report more than 1 million coronavirus cases on Friday. has been one of the countries hardest hit in the wave and has imposed curfews across much of the nation.

 

The average of -19 deaths reported each day in France has been increasing for 10 days straight, according to Reuters analysis.

Spain recently crossed 1 million cases and is reporting 136 fatalities on the latest seven-day average of reported deaths. Its death rate of about 7.38 per 10,000 people is the highest in Europe and highest in the world after Peru.

The global coronavirus tally stands at about 42.1 million cases and 1.1 million deaths, according to a Reuters tally.

 

While health services have so far been overwhelmed to the extent they were in the first wave, medical authorities have warned of a likely surge in demand for intensive care beds as colder weather more people indoors and spread.

Reuters