Coronavirus rates in Europe and the rest of the world
Like in the UK, coronavirus cases are on the rise across much of Europe.
On Thursday, Dr Hans Kluge, World Health Organisation Regional Director for Europe, said a "very serious situation is unfolding before us"
He added: "Weekly cases have now exceeded those reported when the pandemic first peaked in Europe in March.
"Last week, the region’s weekly tally exceeded 300,000 cases. More than half of European countries have reported a greater than 10 per cent increase in cases in the past two weeks. Of those, seven countries have seen newly-reported cases increase more than two-fold in the same period.
"In the spring and early summer we were able to see the impact of strict lockdown measures. Our efforts, our sacrifices, paid off. In June cases hit an all-time low.
"The September case numbers, however, should serve as a wake-up call for all of us."
Last week, Spain was the first EU state to record more than half-a-million cases since the beginning of the outbreak. It has the highest rate of infection in Europe, with the latest stats from September 16 show that the 14-day cumulative number of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 is 281.6.
That is compared to France at 162.8, and the UK in third with 55.6.
Almost 10% of Spaniards tested have come back positive, and the country had been reporting up to 10,000 new cases a day, similar to what they were recording at the peak of the pandemic in March and April.
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