Last month, both Latin America and Asia reported more than 10 million total cases in their regions. There are over 9 million cases in the United States alone, and the epidemic is spreading rapidly.
While it took almost nine months in Europe to reach the first 5 million cases of Covid-19, the next 5 million cases were reported in just over a month, according to a Reuters analysis.
With 10% of the world’s population, Europe accounts for about 22% of the global number of cases of 46.3 million infections. With more than 269,000 deaths, the region accounts for about 23% of the total number of deaths caused by Covid-19, of nearly 1.2 million lives lost.
Amid growing cases, France, Germany and the United Kingdom have announced quarantines nationwide for at least a month, with measures that are almost as strict as those imposed in March and April. Portugal has imposed a partial blockade, and Spain and Italy are tightening restrictions.
According to Reuters, Europe reported more than 1.6 million new cases in the past seven days, nearly half of the 3.3 million reported worldwide, with more than 16,100 deaths, up 44% from the previous week.
For every 10,000 people in Europe, more than 127 cases of coronavirus have been reported and about four people have died, according to a Reuters analysis. In the United States, there were 278 cases and seven deaths per 10,000 inhabitants.
At the regional level, Eastern Europe has almost a third of the total cases reported by Covid-19, the highest number of cases, while southern Europe leads to the death toll, with about 32% of all coronavirus-related deaths in Covid-19. Europe, according to Reuters.
Russia is the worst affected country in Eastern Europe, with more than 1.6 million Covid-19 infections.
Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova said on Wednesday that 90% of hospital beds are occupied in 16 regions of the country.
Governments across Europe have been criticized for their lack of coordination and failure to use declining numbers of cases over the summer to take defensive action, leaving hospitals unprepared.