Another wave of COVID-19 is sweeping across Europe, setting new records in some countries.
Records for daily infections have been shattered in recent days in Germany, the Netherlands and Austria. While deaths from COVID-19 are way down from last year in many European countries, Russia — with barely a third of its population vaccinated — has seen a steady two-month surge and nowleads the world in total coronavirus deathsfor the first time since the start of the pandemic.
The Netherlands’ government announced Friday the country will return to a partial lockdown starting Saturday in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus cases.
The World Health Organization’sCOVID-19 reportfor the week ending Nov. 7 showed that Europe, including Russia, was the only region with a rise in deaths from the virus, up 10%. Overall, new coronavirus cases were on the decline in most of the world, but were up 7% in Europe and 3% in Africa.
Last week, the WHO’s director for Europe, Dr. Hans Kluge,said the region“is back at the epicenter of the pandemic — where we were one year ago.”