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 count of the news agency Reuters, as the most infectious variant Delta of SARS-CoV-2 triggers increases- record cases in several states.
In the region of the Old Epirus, one million cases are now confirmed every eight days.
The region has mourned nearly 1.3 million deaths from COVID-19 since the pandemic struck.
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 the dominant form of the virus 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 hardest hit by the pandemic; it has so far accounted for more than one in four out of all cases (27%) and around one in three deaths (31%).
It was 194 days before the region reached 25 to 50 million confirmed cases; it took 350 days for all infections to reach the first 25 million, according to Reuters 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 the so-called “Freedom Day” was overshadowed by the rapid increase in cases and the ominous forecasts of the last days.
Other countries, on the other hand, are escalating restrictive measures in the face of the recent rise in infections.
Turkey: Cases increased by 30% in one week
The number of SARS-CoV-2 cases confirmed on a daily basis in Turkey increased by 30% within a week after 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 dead as of March 11, 2020.
During the same period, 7,667 cases of SARS-CoV-2 were diagnosed (out of a total of 226,513 tests), increasing the number of confirmed infections to 5,537,386.
Since the launch of a mass immunization campaign in Turkey on January 14th – mainly the Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech is being vaccinated – more than 39 million people have received a dose, while more than 21 million have received the second. In total, some 63.68 million doses have been granted by the Turkish authorities, including third parties, aid.
Brazil: 542 deaths and over 15,000 cases in 24 hours
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 in the world, 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.
As of yesterday, 124.1 million people had received at least one dose of their COVID-19 vaccine, of which 33.9 million had received the second.
Mexico: 138 deaths and over 5,300 cases in 24 hours
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 Mexico’s new coronavirus pandemic 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.
Italy: Seven deaths and more than 2,000 cases in 24 hours
The Italian Ministry of Health announced Monday that another 7 patients with COVID-19 had died in the past 24 hours, up from 3 the previous day, while the number of SARS-CoV-2 infections had dropped to 2,072, from 3,127 a day earlier. out of a total of 89,089 tests.
With 127,874 deaths due to the new coronavirus pandemic since it hit the peninsula in February 2020, Italy, with a population of 60 million, is mourning the second heaviest death toll in Europe, after Britain, and the eighth heaviest in the world. More than 4.29 million infections have been confirmed to date.
The number of patients being treated in hospitals with COVID-19, excluding those in intensive care units (ICU), rose to 1,188 yesterday, from 1,136 a day earlier.
In the ICU, 16 patients were admitted, from 3 the previous one. The number of ICU patients increased to 162 from 156 a day earlier.
Germany: Nearly 1,200 cases and 34 deaths in 24 hours
Confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 in Germany have risen by 1,183 in the past 24 hours to 3,746,410, according to data released Tuesday by the Robert Koch Institute, the country’s epidemiological watchdog.
The deaths of 34 patients with COVID-19 during the same period increased the death toll from the new coronavirus pandemic to 91,397 deaths so far, according to the same source.