The World Health Organization says coronavirus deaths in Europe rose five percent in the past week, making it the only region in the world where deaths from COVID-19 have increased.
In its weekly report on the pandemic released late Tuesday, the WHO said COVID-19 deaths remained stable or decreased in all regions except Europe for the week of November 8-14, totaling 50,000 worldwide. Of the 3.3 million reported new infections, 2.1 million came from Europe.
It was the seventh straight week that COVID-19 cases continued to rise in the 61 countries and territories that WHO counts in its European region, which stretches from Russia to Central Asia.
Within Europe, the WHO reported the highest number of new cases in:
- Russia with 275,579 reported cases of COVID-19, similar to a week earlier.
- With 254,436 cases, Germany is around 50 percent more than a week earlier.
- UK with 252,905 cases, similar to a week earlier.
The countries with the highest number of reported deaths were Russia and Ukraine, with 8,572 new deaths in Russia and 4,621 reported deaths in Ukraine.
The strain from rising COVID-19 cases is being felt in several countries, including the Czech Republic and Slovakia, both of which recorded record daily case numbers on Wednesday.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said the government was considering several options, including neighboring Austria, to order a lockdown for unvaccinated residents. Another measure that has been tested is that people are no longer allowed to attend public events or go to bars and restaurants due to coronavirus test results.
Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger said his cabinet would vote on recommendations from an advisory group of medical experts on Thursday. Proposals to be rolled out for three weeks include banning unvaccinated people from non-essential stores, shopping malls, gyms, swimming pools, hotels, and public gatherings.
The health authority previously called Europe the epicenter of the ongoing pandemic and warned there could be 500,000 more deaths by February if urgent action is not taken on the continent.
Last week Austria severely restricted the movement of unvaccinated people, the Netherlands and a few other European countries reintroduced lockdown measures to slow down infections, and the UK decided to introduce booster doses for anyone over 40.
– From The Associated Press, last updated at 11:15 am ET
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As of early Wednesday morning, more than 254.4 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. The reported global death toll was more than 5.1 million, the database showed.
In Europe, Austrian coronavirus infections hit a new daily record on Wednesday, the third day of a lockdown for those who were not fully vaccinated, to stop the surge. Around 65 percent of the Austrian population is fully vaccinated against the virus, one of the lowest rates in Western Europe. With a seven-day incidence rate of 925 per 100,000 inhabitants, Austria also has one of the highest infection rates on the continent.
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– From Reuters, The Associated Press, and CBC News, last updated at 6:45 p.m. ET