Europe sees Covid-19 infections fall for the first time in 3 months

Europe sees number of Covid-19 infections fall for the first time in three months

  • Another 1.84m cases recorded last week – 10% decline on previous seven days 
  • Europe’s total cases last week accounted for 46% of those across the globe
  • There were 29,000 deaths – an increase of 18% on the week before
  • It comes after second national lockdowns have been imposed across continent 

Europe has seen a fall in coronavirus infections for the first time in three months.

There were 1.84 million cases recorded last week, a ten percent decline on the previous seven days, with much of the continent now under new national lockdowns.

Europe, which saw its total number of infections soar past 15 million on Tuesday, accounted for nearly half of all the world’s cases. 

WHO data today showed that deaths continue to climb amid the second wave, with more than 29,000 fatalities registered across the continent – an 18 percent spike on the previous week.   

There were 1.84 million cases recorded last week, a ten percent decline on the previous seven days, according to data released by the WHO

In total, nearly four million cases of the novel coronavirus were registered worldwide during the week ending Sunday, and almost 60,000 people died from the disease during the same period. 

Hardest-hit countries 

United States

248,707 deaths, 11,360,125 cases


166,699 deaths, 5,911,758 cases


130,993 deaths, 8,912,907 cases


99,026 deaths, 1,011,153 cases


52,745 deaths, 1,410,732 cases

Europe accounted for 46 percent of the new global cases and 49 percent of the deaths, the UN health agency’s weekly epidemiological update showed.

The WHO data showed that Austria reported the sharpest increase in new cases on the continent last week, marking a 30 percent hike from the previous week.

The Americas, which is the second worst-hit region, meanwhile continued to show surging numbers of cases and a hike in deaths from the novel coronavirus.

Case numbers across the region grew by over 40 percent, with more than 1.45 million new cases registered, and deaths were up by 11 percent, with over 19,100 new fatalities during the seven-day period.

More than one million of the new cases were seen in the United States, which has counted nearly 11 million cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

The only region that saw a decline in the number of new cases and deaths last week was Southeast Asia, WHO said.

Worldwide, more than 1.3 million people have died of Covid-19 and over 55 million have been infected with the virus since it first surfaced in China late last year, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP.   

Based on latest reports, the countries with the most new deaths were the United States with 1,313 new deaths, followed by France with 1,219 and Italy with 731.

A man rides an electric bike in front of the Eiffel Tower, on the Trocadero plaza in Paris on November 18, 2020, during a second lockdown in France aimed at containing the spread of Covid-19 pandemic, caused by the novel coronavirus

The United States is the worst-affected country with 248,707 deaths from 11,360,125 cases. At least 4,293,640 people have been declared recovered.

After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 166,699 deaths from 5,911,758 cases, India with 130,993 deaths from 8,912,907 cases, Mexico with 99,026 deaths from 1,011,153 cases, and the United Kingdom with 52,745 deaths from 1,410,732 cases.

The country with the highest number of deaths compared to its population is Belgium with 124 fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Peru with 107, Spain with 89 and Argentina with 80.

China – excluding Hong Kong and Macau – has to date declared 86,369 cases, including 4,634 deaths and 81,411 recoveries.

A medic takes a swab from a man in the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing centre at San Severo fuori le mura church, in Naples, Italy November 18, 2020

Latin America and the Caribbean overall has 426,839 deaths from 12,163,009 cases, Europe 348,711 deaths from 15,172,363 infections, and the United States and Canada 259,777 deaths from 11,664,823 cases.

Asia has reported 183,922 deaths from 11,589,648 cases, the Middle East 70,968 deaths from 2,993,803 cases, Africa 47,972 deaths from 2,000,762 cases, and Oceania 941 deaths from 30,064 cases.

As a result of corrections by national authorities or late publication of data, the figures updated over the past 24 hours may not correspond exactly to the previous day’s tallies.

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