Europe became the first region in the world to exceed – yesterday Monday – the limit of fifty million infections with the new coronavirus, at least according to the Reuters news agency count, as the most infectious variant of SARS-CoV-2 Delta triggers an increase record cases in several states.
In the region of the Old Epirus, one million cases are now confirmed every eight days. The region is mourning nearly 1.3 million deaths from COVID-19 since the outbreak. The Delta variant, much more contagious than the original version of the virus, has been identified as this stage in about 100 countries and is now considered the predominant form that continues to spread.
European markets are shaking (-2% yesterday Monday) as investors worry that the Delta variant may slow down the recovery of the global economy. Europe remains one of the worlds most affected by the pandemic, accounting for more than one in four cases (27%) and around one in three deaths (31%).
It was 194 days before the district reached 25 to 50 million confirmed cases until the total number of infections reached the first 25 million, 350 days passed, according to Reuters data analysis. Russia, the country on the European periphery that is experiencing the heaviest blow, is approaching the limit of 6 million infections.
The United Kingdom put an end to its measures for more than a year yesterday, Monday, but in the so-called “Freedom Day” the rapid increase of cases and the ominous forecasts of the last days cast a heavy shadow. Other countries, on the other hand, are escalating the restrictive measures in the face of the recent increase in infections.
In France , the government is moving forward with its new plan to fight new Covid-19 infections and reduce the pressure that could re-immerse hospitals with some modifications, such as reduced fines, said government spokesman Gabriel Atal.
“We have entered the fourth wave of the epidemic,” Atal said after a meeting of the French cabinet. The plan, which mainly includes the requirement for a health pass in a wide range of places such as restaurants or cinemas as well as mandatory vaccination for health workers, represents some of the toughest measures against Covid-19 in Europe.
The sharp rise in SARS-CoV-2 cases across the US and internationally yesterday raised fears that the pandemic was heading for a resurgence, triggering a dramatic drop in the US capital market on Wall Street, as its most contagious new coronavirus seems to be gradually becoming dominant.
Many of the outbreaks are located in areas of the country that are behind the immunization campaign, which has prompted political and spiritual leaders to once again urge the most reluctant Americans to go get vaccinated. President Joe Biden said in a speech that the faster rate of infection in states where vaccination has not progressed well threatens the recovery of the US economy, which is based on pandemic control. So “please – please – get vaccinated. Get vaccinated now. “
The Brazilian Ministry of Health announced yesterday Monday that 542 patients with COVID-19 died in the previous 24 hours and 15,271 cases of SARS-CoV-2 were confirmed. The official death toll from the new coronavirus pandemic in Latin America has risen to 542,756, with a total of 19,391,845 infections.
Brazil, with a population of 212 million, has the second-highest death toll on the planet, behind the United States alone, and the third-highest in the world, behind the United States and India. The mortality rate is around 258 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, always according to official data.
The Mexican Ministry of Health announced Monday that another 136 patients with COVID-19 had died in the past 24 hours and 5,307 cases of SARS-CoV-2 had been confirmed. The death toll from the new coronavirus pandemic in Mexico, which has a population of 126 million, has risen to 236,469, with a total of 2,664,444 infections.
The Mexican government acknowledges, however, that the official record, the 4th heaviest in the world, is undervalued. Data on over-mortality recently released by the Ministry of Health showed, for the second time this year, that deaths due to COVID-19 are in fact probably almost 60% more than confirmed.
The number of SARS-CoV-2 cases confirmed on a daily basis in Turkey has risen by 30% in a week following the lifting of restrictive measures on July 1st, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said yesterday. Mr. Koca urged his fellow citizens on Twitter to adhere to the protection measures during the four-day Feast of Sacrifice (Eid al-Adha), which begins today and ends on July 23. The ministry announced Monday that 50 patients with COVID-19 have died in the past 24 hours, raising the death toll from the new coronavirus pandemic to 50,604 as of March 11, 2020. During the same period, 7,667 SARS cases were diagnosed CoV-2 (out of a total of 226,513 tests), increasing the number of confirmed infections to 5,537,386.