The European Commission (EC) warned this Wednesday about the severity of the second wave of coronavirus in the European Union (EU) and called on Member States for “coordination” in approach and “courage” in measures to “save lives.”
“The COVID-19 situation is very serious (…) All data points to a strong spread of the virus throughout Europe. We are deep in the second wave. Just last week a figure of 1 million confirmed infections was reached. In the coming weeks these figures will continue to increase and very rapidly, “said the president of the EC, Ursula von der Leyen at a press conference.
The president of the Community Executive added that the EU should “step up” your response and he “called on member states to work closely together as” the courageous steps taken now will help save lives and protect livelihoods.
Europe, at the head of positives
The World Health Organization (WHO) reported this Tuesday that, in the last week, the highest number of new coronavirus cases have been detected worldwide since the pandemic broke out, setting a new record with more than 2.8 million infections, with Europe leading the number of new positives for the second consecutive week.
These data represent “the shortest interval for this exponential increase since the beginning of the pandemic”While the number of deaths “is comparable to that of previous weeks,” the organization added in its weekly report presented this Tuesday.
Between October 19 and 25 2,884,604 new positives have been detected and 39,712 people have lost their lives due to the disease, which represents a 16% increase in the number of cases registered compared to the previous week and an 8% increase in mortality.
For the second consecutive week, WHO highlights, Europe has seen the fastest growth in the number of new cases, with more than 1.3 million – an increase of 33 percent over the previous period -, “contributing almost half of all new cases reported worldwide this week,” 46% of the total.
On the other hand, the number of deaths continues to increase in the region, the agency added, with an increase of 35%, which accounts for almost a third of new coronavirus deaths globally.