US News Covid-19: the outbreak of cases in Europe continues this week
The latest Covid figures show a "worrying" spread to the elderly
© Copyright 2020, L'Obs The Covid-19 epidemic continues to spread "from the youngest to the oldest", observes this Friday, October 16 Public health France, deeming this development "very worrying", while the times for screening tests tend to improve. People aged 15 to 44 are still the most affected, with 278 new cases of contamination per 100,000 inhabitants, against 180 per 100,000 on average for all age groups, according to its latest epidemiological bulletin which covers data.
The number of people infected by the new coronavirus continued to fly in Europe, progressed in Africa and America and ebbed in Asia: here are the weekly highlights, taken from an AFP database.
An important indicator, however, the number of cases diagnosed only reflects a fraction of the actual number of infections and comparisons between countries should be taken with a grain of salt, as testing policies differ from one country to another.
- Outbreak in Europe -
The pandemic continued to accelerate this week around the world with 396,463 new cases every day, or 16% more than the previous week, according to an assessment established by AFP on Friday at 11:00 GMT.
Covid-19: Clusters involved in less than 10% of contamination
According to Public Health France, cases linked to clusters represent less than 10% of contamination. © Reuters Are clusters a determining factor in the explosion of cases of Covid-19 contamination? According to Public Health France, less than 10% of positive cases are linked to one of them, which tends to demonstrate the importance of barrier gestures and social distancing at all times, and not only in cases of large gatherings.
Growth is strongest in Europe (+ 42%). The number of new daily cases is around 171,257 compared to 121,227 the previous week. 30 of the 53 countries in Europe recorded their highest number of cases in a week from October 16 to 22.
The trend is also accelerating in Africa and North America (+ 12%) as well as in Latin America (+8 %). The increase is more moderate in Oceania (+ 5%), moreover very little affected by the pandemic, and in the Middle East (+ 4%).
On the other hand, the number of contaminations decreased in Asia (-12%) for a new consecutive week.
- Main accelerations -
Among the countries having recorded more than 1,000 daily cases during the past week, Switzerland is the country where the epidemic has progressed the most (+ 106%, 3,656 new daily cases). Croatia (+ 106%, 1,045), Georgia (+ 98%, 1,195), Armenia (+ 96%, 1,549) and Italy (+ 95%, 12,018) follow.
Covid-19: Spain crosses the million case mark, a first in Europe
© Jose Jordan, AFP A couple seated in front of thousands of Spanish flags symbolizing people who have died of the new coronavirus in the country in Valencia on October 4. Country among the most bereaved in Europe, Spain officially became on Wednesday the first EU member to cross the milestone of one million coronavirus cases. To stem the second wave of the epidemic, the country is preparing for new measures. This is a record that Spain would have done well.
- Strongest decline -
The strongest decline is observed in Israel, recently released from a second generalized confinement (-39%, 1,296 new cases daily). Next are Libya (-17%, 849), India (-15%, 57,121), Burma (-13%, 1,237) and Costa Rica (-10%, 1,066).
- The most contaminations -
The United States is the country having recorded the greatest number of new contaminations this week (60,741 cases on average per day) ahead of India (57,121) and France (27,051). While the trend is declining in India (-15%), it is deteriorating in France (+ 37%) and the United States (+ 13%).
Followed by Brazil (22,035, + 9%), the United Kingdom (19,549, + 22%), Russia (15,592, + 16%) and Spain (14,987, + 44%).
- Deaths -
India remains the country with the most deaths (764 per day, -7%) ahead of the United States (752, + 4%), Brazil (491, -2%), Argentina (376, -1%) and Mexico (372, + 19%).
- Global report -
The pandemic has killed at least 1.13 million people since its appearance at the end of December, for more than 41.7 million confirmed infections. The United States remains the most bereaved country with at least 223,059 deaths, followed by Brazil (155,900 dead), India (117,306.), Mexico (87,894) and the United Kingdom (44,347).
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Coronavirus. Reconfinement, a measure that is spreading in Europe .
© Tiziana FABI / AFP A large part of European countries have opted for the reconfinement of their population in the face of the progression of the new coronavirus. Faced with the rebound of the novel coronavirus epidemic in Europe, like France, the majority of countries are taking drastic measures to try to control the contamination.