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Covid: wave shows signs of slowing down in Eastern Europe

But number of deaths still increasing

21 November, 15:33
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 18 NOV - (by Stefano Giantin) The number of new cases of coronavirus in Central- and Eastern Europe remained relatively stable in the week between November 9 and November 15, compared to a week earlier, according to data of the latest weekly epidemiological update of the World Health Organization (WHO). However, the number of deaths in the region continued to increase.

A total of 721,649 new COVID-19 cases (+3.9% compared to last week) and 10,465 new deaths (+19.3% week-on-week) were reported by the countries in the Balkans and in Central- and Eastern Europe to the World Health Organization (WHO) through November 15, bringing the cumulative total of cases to 4,092,697 and of deaths to 66,307.

The countries across the region that reported more new deaths last week were Poland (2409 vs 2005 of a week earlier), Czechia (1377 vs 1430), Germany (1196 vs 808), Ukraine (1153 vs 1144), Romania (1020 vs 825) and Hungary (659 vs 619). "The countries with the highest weekly mortality rates, exceeding 60 deaths per 1 million population, were Czechia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgium, North Macedonia, Armenia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Poland, France, Croatia and Montenegro," WHO said.

In Central- and Eastern Europe, the highest number of deaths from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic were reported in Germany (12485), Poland (10045), Ukraine (9603), Romania (8813), Czechia (6058) and Hungary (3097).

Currently, North Macedonia has the highest rate of deaths per 1 million population in the region (615 against 739 in Italy), followed by Montenegro (613), Czechia (566), Bosnia-Herzegovina (566) and Moldova (497), while the lowest rate was recorded in Estonia (60).

According to WHO data, in the past week the countries across Central- and Eastern Europe that reported more new cases were Poland (169478), Germany (131998), Ukraine (75526), Romania (56186) and Austria (51714).

In Europe, "the countries reporting the highest number of cases in the past week were Italy, France, the United Kingdom, Poland, the Russian Federation, Germany, Spain, Ukraine, Romania, and Austria. Among these ten countries, Austria reported the sharpest increase, with new cases this week 30% higher compared to the previous week," the WHO epidemiological report reads.

In Slovenia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania and in the Western Balkans (Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Albania) 867,328 confirmed cumulative cases and 18,333 deaths were registered as of November 15. (ANSA).

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