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Coronavirus is continuing to spread around the world with more than 180 million confirmed cases so far. The US, India and Brazil have seen the highest number of confirmed cases, followed by France, Turkey, Russia and the UK. Express.co.uk has compiled a guide to explain how the rates of Covid-related deaths compare between European countries.
The UK has the highest incidence rate of Covid among European countries.
Portugal and Spain have the second and third highest incidence rates of COVID-19 according to a report conducted by the Group of Computational Biology and Complex Systems (BIOCOMSC) of the Physics Department of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC).
The UK had a rate of 194.6 per 100,000 people over the past two weeks according to the report, while Portugal had 135.3 per 100,000 cases.
Spain had 93.4 infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the past 14 days.
Cyprus is also showing worrying trends with a lower incidence rate, but the speed of reproduction of the virus in the country is 1.39 per 100,000.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned the Covid situation across Europe is “on thin ice” as the Delta variant spreads across the continent.
The Alpha variant previously hit the continent hard this year and now the Delta variant, which is believed to be 40 to 60 percent more transmissible, is now hitting the region.
Different countries are managing the Delta threat differently, but many experts believe it could disrupt plans for lifting restrictions during the summer.
In the past seven days, a total of 55,991 Covid deaths were reported around the globe according to the WHO.
Of those deaths, 6,593 were reported across Europe.
Russia had the highest number of deaths of any European nation with 4,092 deaths in the past seven days.
Turkey, Germany and Ukraine had the next highest number of deaths with 391, 367 and 263 deaths respectively.
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Russia also reported the highest number of new deaths in the past 24 hours at 611 Covid deaths.
Turkey and France had the second and third highest number of new deaths at 52 and 46 respectively.
Greece, Italy and the UK had the next highest number of new Covid deaths at 18, 14 and 11.
After the UK, Belarus, Georgia, Ukraine, Hungary and Germany had the following number of deaths at 10, 9, 9, 8 and 8 respectively.
According to the World Health Organization, the following European countries have the highest number of newly reported deaths in the last seven days per 100,000 population:
- Russia: 2.8 per 100,000
- Georgia: 2.51 per 100,000
- Greece: 1.08 per 100,000
- Belarus: 0.73 per 100,000
- Europe: 0.71 per 100,000
- Montenegro: 0.64 per 100,000
- Bosnia and Herzegovina: 0.64 per 100,000
- Austria: 0.61 per 100,000
- Ukraine: 0.6 per 100,000
- Bulgaria: 0.53 per 100,000
- Lithuania: 0.5 per 100,000
- Croatia: 0.49 per 100,000
- Turkey: 0.46 per 100,000
- Germany: 0.44 per 100,000
- North Macedonia: 0.43 per 100,000
- Serbia: 0.43 per 100,000
- Poland: 0.4 per 100,000
- Latvia: 0.37 per 100,000
- Armenia: 0.37 per 100,000
- Republic of Moldova: 0.35 per 100,000
- Italy: 0.34 per 100,000
- France: 0.34 per 100,000
- Hungary: 0.3 per 100,000
- Romania: 0.21 per 100,000
- Ireland: 0.2 per 100,000
- Slovenia: 0.19 per 100,000
- Portugal: 0.18 per 100,000
- The UK: 0.18 per 100,000
- The Czech Republic: 0.17 per 100,000
- Slovakia: 0.16 per 100,000
- Belgium: 0.16 per 100,000
- Netherlands: 0.09 per 100,000
- Estonia: 0.08 per 100,000
- Albania: 0.07 per 100,000
- Azerbaijan: 0.06 per 100,000
- Spain: 0.06 per 100,000
- Finland: 0.04 per 100,000
- Norway: 0.04 per 100,000
- Denmark: 0.03 per 100,000
- Sweden: 0.02 per 100,000
- Switzerland: 0.02 per 100,000
The new figures came as a European Union vaccine passport programme revealed people can travel freely within the bloc from July 1 – so long as they have received one of four western-made Covid vaccines.
The EU recognised vaccines include AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer & BioNTech, and Johnson & Johnson.
According to Reuters, countries, including Germany, Greece and Spain, have already put in place the “EU digital Covid certificate” before it comes into effect.
These developments came as all of Italy became mask-free outdoors in “low-risk” zones which marks a dramatic milestone for the country.
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