Only 4 countries in Europe are below critical Covid threshold

Only 4 countries in Europe are below critical Covid threshold
Medical staff hold swabs for rapid Covid-19 tests at a high school in Rome, September 28. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: According to the latest figures Monday, only four countries in Europe are now measuring below a crucial level of Covid-19 cases, as the continent struggles to contain fresh outbreaks.

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control’s (ECDC) coronavirus alarm threshold is 20 cases per 100,000 people on a seven-day average. The agency says the risk of Covid-19 is high, with a very high probability of infection, while vulnerable individuals face a “very high impact” from the disease.

And the situation is looking precarious in Europe. Only Finland (15.5), Germany (18.4 cases per 100,000), Cyprus (14.6) and Norway (13.9) fall below this case threshold, ECDC data showed on Monday. At the other end of the scale are the Czech Republic (167.6), France (120.3) and the Netherlands (140.3).

The agency said Thursday in its weekly report that the death rate has also been rising in Europe and sustained increases in case levels have been recorded in 27 countries.

Countries are also introducing new restrictions in order to curb the spread of the virus:

Ireland’s National Public Health Emergency Team has reportedly recommended placing the whole country on the highest level of restrictions.

Iceland has brought in a range of new rules, including restrictions on the closure of some leisure facilities and gatherings.

France’s capital Paris is on the verge of a fresh lockdown, with the greater Paris area classified as a “maximum alert” zone.

The Czech Republic has entered a state of emergency to curb the virus.

Central districts in Berlin have been classified as risk areas by Germany’s health body.

Meanwhile, after participating in a meeting that was attended by a person who subsequently tested positive for Covid-19, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is self-isolating. She tested negative for the virus for the second time on Monday.

And the health authority in England admitted that thousands of infections had not been included in the UK’s coronavirus case tally due to a “technical issue.”

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