The situation of the COVID-19 epidemic continues to worsen in the European Union and is considered “very worrying” in 10 countries and “worrying” in another 10, the European Office for Disease Control said today.
“The epidemiological situation in the EU is currently characterized by a rapid and significant increase in infections and a mortality rate that is low but rising slowly,” the European Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) said in its most recent risk assessment.
“Infections, hospitalizations and deaths are expected to rise over the next two weeks,” said the Stockholm-based European office.
Among the 27, Belgium, Poland, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary and Slovenia are in the highest category of concern.
In countries included in the category “worrying” [κατάσταση της επιδημίας Covid-19] Germany, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Romania and Slovakia.
Three countries are in the “moderate concern” category (France, Portugal, Cyprus) while four countries are in the “low concern” category (Italy, Spain, Sweden and Malta).
The methodology used by the ECDC for the categories of concern mixes absolute values (number of infections, hospitalizations and deaths) but also their recent development.
According to the latest projections, the number of infections and deaths is expected to increase by about 50% in the next two weeks, to reach a weekly rate of 300 new infections and 2.7 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants.
For three other non-EU countries monitored by the agency (Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein), the situation is “worrying”.
Source From: Capital