Europe’s deaths spike in wake of second COVID-19 surge | CIDRAP

Italy—one of the countries hit hardest in the earlier wave—passed 1 million cases today, and four of its regions are designated as red zones, where the tightest lockdown requirements are in place. Yesterday, Italy reported 580 deaths, the most since Apr 14, Reuters reported. Hospitalizations and deaths usually lag surges in infections by a few weeks.

The United Kingdom, which has Europe’s highest fatality count, reported 532 deaths yesterdayForbes reported, and has now crossed the 50,000-death threshold. The country is among a handful of European nations that ordered lockdown to curb the latest surges.

Belgium, also on lockdown, is reporting a slow decline in cases, but deaths continue to rise, averaging about 190 per day, the Brussels Times reported.

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