Officially, more than a million people worldwide have succumbed to COVID-19. In addition, the number of coronavirus infections passed 33 million on Monday. After many countries had gotten the virus under control, it now seems to be on a new, major advance. Press lists the situation in a number of countries.
First of all, our own country, where a record number of positive tests has been registered almost daily for two weeks and the daily death toll is also starting to rise.
RTL News reports on the basis of its own data analysis that the regions of Amsterdam and The Hague are currently among the ten most seriously affected areas in Europe.
The medium compared the number of positive tests per 100,000 inhabitants of European areas.
The second wave of contagion in France is statistically twice as bad as the first wave. Up to 5,000 positive tests were recorded daily during the first wave, but since the beginning of September, the country has been reporting more than 10,000 cases almost daily. In the last week even numbers of around fifteen thousand were noted.
As a result, the country quickly passed the mark of half a million positive tests. According to France, the record increases can only partly be attributed to the intensified testing policy. The country says it tests about a million people every week, while a total of about six million people had been tested up to August.
The Netherlands recently tightened up travel advice for a few dozen French departments. From the data analysis of RTL News it appears that France has five of the main European hotspots.
More testing is now taking place in France than during the first wave. (Photo: Pro Shots).
The situation in India is worrisome, but appears to be improving. Since August, the country has reported about 1,000 corona-related deaths on a daily basis. And in September, the number of positive tests fluctuated between 80,000 and 100,000 per day. A downward trend started in the past week.
The country broke the mark of six million positive tests on Monday, and experts expect the country to relieve the US as the country with the most cases (7.1 million) very soon.
Although the coronavirus is on the rise, India relaxed some measures to stimulate the economy in September. Millions of residents lost their jobs and the economy shrank by almost a quarter. However, health experts are concerned about Indian policy, as further advance could “easily overwhelm” the relatively weak health system.