The second wave of Covid cases in Europe does not lead to a jump in deaths compared to the peak in the spring
- The difference can be explained by the increased tests of the countries in recent months
- But it can also be a sign that the virus mainly infects younger and healthier people
- Without a lock, Sweden still has significantly lower levels than the rest of Europe
A second wave of coronavirus cases in Europe has not led to a jump in deaths.
Although cases in Spain have jumped to almost 15,000 a day – leading to a new blockade in parts of Madrid – the number of deaths remains relatively low compared to the peak in the spring.
There were 240 deaths in Spain on Thursday, well below the 929 daily deaths reached in late March, when 9,000 deaths a day were reported.
The graph shows how the number of deaths in Spain has not increased with the number of positive cases
The graph shows how the number of deaths in France has not increased with the number of positive cases
The graph shows how the number of deaths in Sweden has not increased with the number of positive cases
Another 13,498 cases were registered in France yesterday. But the latest 24-hour casualties – 154 on Friday – are much lower than in mid-April, when there were 1,400 deaths but 5,500 confirmed cases.
The difference can be explained by an increase in testing in countries in recent months, but it could also be a sign that the virus mainly infects younger and healthier people who survive the disease.
Sweden, which did not impose a blockade, continues to have a significantly lower incidence and death rate than Covid-19.
Sweden had the lowest number of new cases since March on Tuesday. In April, Kovid’s one-day deaths in Sweden peaked at 115. Now, a few days later, that number is zero.
Reported infections have been growing steadily in most of Europe over the past two months, with more than half of the countries reporting growth of more than 10 percent in the last two weeks.