December 18 that according to AFP statistics, as of 15:00 GMT on the 17th, Europe became the first region in the world with more than 500,000 coronavirus deaths. On the other hand, the WHO warned that the region would be at “high risk” of another outbreak of the novel coronavirus in early 2021.
According to reports, as of 15:00 GMT on the 17th, the number of COVID-19 deaths in 52 countries and regions in Europe has reached at least 5,069. In the previous seven days, nearly 37,000 people died in Europe, the highest number of deaths in a single week since the outbreak.
On the 15th local time, 6,800 deaths were recorded in Europe in 24 hours, which was also the highest since the outbreak.
According to AFP, more than half of the number of coronavirus deaths in Europe comes from five countries: Italy, the United Kingdom, France, Russia and Spain.
In addition, since the beginning of October, Europe has also become the region with the largest number of new cases in a single day. Last week, Europe averaged more than 243,000 new cases per day, accounting for almost one-third of the increasing number of cases worldwide.
Compared with the previous week, the average number of new cases per day in Europe is almost stable, and the spread of the virus in Europe seems to have slowed down. However, the World Health Organization warned that in early 2021, the coronavirus epidemic in Europe may face another outbreak.
According to previous reports, European Commission President von der Leyen said on the 16th that in order to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus and show solidarity, the 27 EU member states will start the COVID-19 vaccination work “on the same day”.