Covid-19 deaths in Europe are on par with the United States, as the second wave of the pandemic continues to spread across the continent.
Data from the European Centers for Disease Control show that deaths per million people average 2.39 in the EU and the United Kingdom, compared with 2.43 in the United States on 27 October.
Belgium says Covid-19-related daily deaths reached 104 on Monday, the latest day for which full data are available, noting for the first time the number to exceed 100 from the peak of the first coronavirus wave in late April. .
The United Kingdom reported an average of 22,148 new cases per day in the seven days to Tuesday, the highest number recorded. The average Covid-19-related deaths reported daily for the same period climbed to 200, the highest since early June.
French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to announce new measures to combat the spread of the virus in the country. The seven-day average of new daily deaths there has risen more than 50 percent in the past week, reaching 38,278 on Tuesday, when the country reported 523 new deaths, the highest number since April.
The government is considering earlier curfews and blockades over the weekend that would restrict traffic at hotspots, according to an aide to the president. Authorities are also considering a lighter national blockade than in the spring. Primary and secondary schools are likely to remain open. High schools and universities may be temporarily closed.
Chancellor Angela Merkel and Germany̵
Germany is still weeks behind its biggest neighbors in cases and deaths, but experts warn that the pace of daily new cases – now doubling every week – means it could soon join them. The measures under discussion include resuming the closure of restaurants, bars and large venues, according to a government proposal seen by The Wall Street Journal.
On Tuesday, Italy reported nearly 22,000 new cases and 221 deaths – the first time since 200 in May. The government has approved more than 5 billion euros in economic measures, equivalent to $ 5.90 billion, to help businesses affected by restrictions imposed earlier this week. Protests have erupted in the country since the announcement of the restrictions, some of them violent.