Europe witness over 100 million covid infection, upsurge by Omicron strain

A recent Media survey said that Europe has recorded over 100 million coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic. This is more than a third of all infections worldwide. Covid-related deaths are, however, decreasing in Europe. The continent is battling an upsurge of cases spurred on by the highly transmissible Omicron strain of the virus.

The European region, including 52 countries and territories from the Atlantic coast to Azerbaijan and Russia, has recorded 100 million infections of COVID-19 over the past two years. Of the European infections, more than 4.9 million have been reported over the past seven days alone, with 17 out of 52 countries or territories beating their previous record of most cases in a single week. France alone has recorded more than one million new cases over the past week.

Europe recorded on average 3,413 coronavirus deaths a day over the past week, a seven percent drop from the previous week. At its worst, that average saw 5,735 deaths a day in January last year. People on the European continent are now, on the whole, more vaccinated than the worldwide average. According to the website “Our World in Data”, Sixty-five percent of Europeans are partially vaccinated.

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