Europe cases slow, India cases near 9m

Clay Curtis
November 21, 2020

"If mask use reached 95%, lockdowns would not be needed".

Mr Kluge said Europe accounted for 28 per cent of global cases and 26 per cent of deaths.

There were 1.8 million coronavirus cases across Europe last week, a slight dip from more than 2 million cases the previous week. "But at a current 60% or lower mask use, it is hard to avoid lockdowns".

He said: "Lockdowns are avoidable, I stand by my position that lockdowns are a last resort measure".

The latest weekly tally from the United Nations health agency said the 54 countries in Europe continued to report the most new cases of any region worldwide, 46 per cent, but the decline in cases followed "the strengthening of public health and social measures".

Lockdowns should be lifted safely and gradually, he added, warning about the negative impact of restriction measures being eased "too quickly".

He called for a tiered system that would spell out clear measures depending on transmission in the community.

India's COVID-19 cases top 90 lakh; active cases at 4.43 lakh
The Haryana Government said it ran out of testing kits but efforts were now being made to step up sampling. Delhi reported 6,396 cases in the last 24 hours while Kerala recorded 5,792 new cases.

Belgium continues to be the worst-hit country in Europe with the highest number of Covid-19 deaths per capita in the world - 129 deaths per 100,000 people.

India has recorded 45,576 new cases of the coronavirus health ministry data showed on Thursday, taking total infections in the country to 8.96 million.

Deaths rose by 585, with the total now at 131,578, the ministry said.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has sought the federal government's approval to shut down city markets, which are likely hotspots for the virus.

The death toll from COVID-19 in the United States approached 250,000 on Wednesday, the day after the country recorded the highest number of victims in almost four months.

The number of coronavirus cases in Europe surpassed the 15 million mark on Friday, according to a Reuters tally, as the region sees a surge in infections with the onset of winter, reporting a million new infections about every four days.

The Alpine country counted more than 6,000 new cases over the last day, down from a peak of more than 10,000 daily cases in October.

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