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Coronavirus surges in Europe

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 9/17/20, 05:08 pm

The 53 countries that make up the World Health Organization’s European region have confirmed more than 300,000 new COVID-19 cases in the past week. More than half of the countries reported a 10 percent or greater jump in new infections in the past two weeks. Of those, seven saw a more than two-fold increase. Dr. Hans Kluge, the WHO’s European director, called it “a wake-up call for all of us.”

What’s going on in Europe? As of last week, people in France who might have been exposed to the coronavirus only have to quarantine for seven days instead of 14. Other countries were considering similar moves, said Katie Smallwood, the international health agency’s senior health emergency officer for Europe. Kluge and Smallwood said people should continue to self-isolate for the full two weeks since that’s the incubation period for the virus. Earlier this week, the United Kingdom reimposed a six-person limit on indoor or outdoor groups in effort to avoid another nationwide lockdown.

Dig deeper: Read Mindy Belz and Onize Ohikere’s report about how aid groups are trying to protect refugees around the world from the coronavirus.

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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  • BF
    Posted: Fri, 09/18/2020 10:05 am

    According to the non-partisan  National Bureau of Economic Research this is what epidemics tend to do after six months dispite the precautions taken against them. Makes me wonder if we're next. 

  • Nanamiro
    Posted: Sat, 09/19/2020 06:54 pm

    So how many were being hospitalized? Any deaths? Testing positive is not as concerning as dying or ending up hospitalized. 

  • Laura W
    Posted: Sun, 09/20/2020 03:40 pm

    Presumably a similar proportion to what we're seeing in other developed countries. (And there will be a lag of several days before any new cases progress far enough to show up in the death count.)