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World Europe becomes second region to cross 250,000 deaths as second COVID wave hits

13:55  24 october  2020
13:55  24 october  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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COVID -19 deaths in the European Union and the UK surpassed 200, 000 on Monday as new measures to halt Europe has been fighting a second wave of the deadly virus with governments favouring local measures to Ireland became the first European country to announce a return to a full lockdown

“ A second wave of COVID -19 across Europe is due primarily to the relaxation of these lockdown measures, increased public laxity with nonpharmaceutical interventions (wearing masks, distancing), and the fact that the majority of the population remains vulnerable to infection.”

By Anurag Maan and Kavya B

a person sitting in a chair: The coronavirus disease (C0VID-19) ourtbreak continues in France © Reuters/PASCAL ROSSIGNOL The coronavirus disease (C0VID-19) ourtbreak continues in France

(Reuters) - Europe became the second region after Latin America to surpass 250,000 deaths on Saturday, according to a Reuters tally, with record numbers of daily COVID-19 infections reported in the past two weeks.

Europe reported 200,000 daily infections for the first time on Thursday, as many Southern European countries this week reported their highest number of cases in a single day.

Europe accounts for nearly 19% of global deaths and about 22% of global cases, according to a Reuters tally.

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At first glance, the outlook doesn't seem too grim. While reported cases are reaching record highs as Europe endures a " second wave ," deaths are still well Liverpool becomes first city to be placed under UK's tightest restrictions. These European countries are seeing record rises in Covid -19 cases.

How it all went wrong (again) in Europe as second wave grips continent. Liverpool becomes first city to be placed under UK's tightest restrictions. The UK has the highest number of deaths in Europe at more than 40, 000 and new restrictions on social gatherings were France recorded 13,215 new Covid -19 cases in 24 hours on Friday, according to data released by its National Health Agency

The United Kingdom, Italy, France, Russia, Belgium and Spain account for nearly two-thirds of about 250,000 deaths registered until now from a total of about 8 million cases across Europe.

The United Kingdom leads Europe's death toll with about 45,000 deaths, followed by Italy, Spain, France and Russia. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday Britain cannot rely on a vaccine and will need to use other measures to slow the pandemic.

Based on last seven-days daily reported average deaths, Russia is reporting 250 deaths per day, Europe's highest toll, followed by the United Kingdom and France with about 143 deaths each.

France became the seventh country to report more than 1 million coronavirus cases on Friday. It has been one of the countries hardest hit in the second wave and has imposed curfews across much of the nation.

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As Covid -19 infections spike to record numbers, European governments are imposing strict local measures and weighing up further lockdowns in a bid to halt a second wave of the pandemic. But WHO regional director Hans Kluge said at a Thursday news conference that the increase in cases

There is much talk of a second wave of coronavirus in Europe . Healthcare workers attend to a COVID -19 patient at one of the intensive care units (ICU) at the University Hospital of Some countries also chose not to report deaths over the weekends and may proceed to minor rectifications afterwards.

The average number of COVID-19 deaths reported each day in France has been increasing for 10 days straight, according to Reuters analysis.

Spain recently crossed 1 million cases and is reporting 136 fatalities on the latest seven-day average of reported deaths. Its death rate of about 7.38 per 10,000 people is the highest in Europe and second highest in the world after Peru.

The global coronavirus tally stands at about 42.1 million cases and 1.1 million deaths, according to a Reuters tally.

While health services have not so far been overwhelmed to the extent they were in the first wave, medical authorities have warned of a likely surge in demand for intensive care beds as colder weather forces more people indoors and infections spread.

(Reporting by Anurag Maan and Kavya B in Bengaluru; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

Nagorno-Karabakh talks planned amid Azerbaijan's offensive .
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Azerbaijani forces pushed deeper into Nagorno-Karabakh on Friday as top diplomats from Armenia and Azerbaijan were scheduled to attend talks in Geneva intended to help broker an end to more than a month of heavy fighting over the separatist territory. Intense clashes were going on in the south of Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia’s Defense Ministry said. The Azerbaijani military reported that areas in the Terter and Gubadli regions of Azerbaijan came under Armenian shelling.

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