Coronavirus: European Butcher’s Bill at 1 Million Cases, 100,000 Deaths

  • Two-thirds of the global deaths so far have been recorded in Europe.
  • The number of deaths and cases has slowed in Spain and Italy.
  • The slow transmission of infection has alleviated the burden on the health system.

Europe has set new figures for the outbreak of the new Coronavirus. Despite the severe measures, the number of infected people in the old continent rose to more than 1 million cases, while the deaths exceeded 100,000 cases. There has also been a decline in new cases in Spain and Italy.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), also known as 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD), and novel coronavirus pneumonia (NCP) is a viral respiratory disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). It was first detected during the 2019–20 Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.

As evidenced by official statistics from the news sources Sunday, two-thirds of the global deaths so far have been recorded in Europe. In Spain, particularly hard hit by the coronavirus, the curfew was extended again. In British nursing homes, it seemed that many people died, contrary to expectations recorded so far.

More than 1.15 million people have been infected in Europe, still the most-affected continent in the world. Experts are starting from a high unknown number because in many European countries, there is only limited capacity to conduct tests related to the Coronavirus.

Meanwhile, Spain recorded 410 deaths in COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, compared to 565 deaths on Saturday, according to the Minister of Health. It is the lowest daily toll recorded since March 22. “It is the first time that we have registered fewer than 500 deaths since daily deaths began to rise,” said the director of the emergency health center, Fernando Simon. Spain is the third-most affected country in the world, after the United States and Italy.

Coronaviruses are species of virus belonging to the subfamily Coronavirinae in the family Coronaviridae, in the order Nidovirales. There are seven known strains of human coronaviruses, including COVID-19.

Simon attributed the low number of deaths between Saturday and Sunday to a slow recording during the weekend. He warned that this decrease is often followed by a jump in numbers Tuesday. “This number is driving us to hope.” In terms of deaths, hospitalization, and transfer to intensive care, the official said, “the data continues to decline, which clearly confirms that disease transmission has decreased significantly.”

Health Minister Salvador Illa said that these figures confirm that Spain has reached its peak in terms of stabilizing the transmission index. He explained that 4,218 new infections were counted in the past 24 hours, an increase of 2.4 percent.

This is with the knowledge that the country is intensifying the conduct of Coronavirus tests. Spain is conducting more than 40,000 tests per day, compared to an average of 20,000 tests at the start of the crisis. The slow transmission of infection has alleviated the burden on the health system.

Meanwhile, the Italian Civil Protection Agency said that 433 new deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours, the lowest daily level in a week. The number of new cases also slowed, to 3,047, from 3,491 the previous day. Saturday’s death toll was 482, down from 575 on Friday.

The daily number of deaths and infections indicates that a stable situation has remained widespread over the past two weeks. The total number of deaths since the emergence of the disease on February 21 has risen to 23,660, the second-highest in the world after the United States. The total confirmed cases were 17,897.

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Joyce Davis

My history goes back to 2002 and I  worked as a reporter, interviewer, news editor, copy editor, managing editor, newsletter founder, almanac profiler, and news radio broadcaster.

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