Europe now has more COVID-19 deaths than the United States: Europe crosses 250,000 COVID deaths as coronavirus cases surge across the continent
The coronavirus pandemic is getting worse across Europe with the number of cases in this second wave continues to rise. Even with all the lockdowns and social distancing measures put in place across European nations back in March, Europe still has more COVID-19 deaths than the United States. Over the weekend, Europe became the second region after Latin America to surpass 250,000 deaths, according to a Reuters tally.
By comparison, the US a total of 225,111 COVID-19 related deaths and 83,010 new daily confirmed cases as of Sunday afternoon. according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
For the first time last week Thursday, Europe reported 200,000 daily infections, as many Southern European countries reported their highest number of cases in a single day. So far, Europe accounts for nearly 19% of global deaths and about 22% of global cases.
In the meantime, while the rest of Europe is going through the second round of lockdowns, Sweden remains the only country where life has returned back to normal. The tiny Scandinavian country, which never had a lockdown, saw its COVID-19 cases going down at a time when countries across Europe are seeing alarming surges in daily coronavirus infections.
According to Reuters tally, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Russia, Belgium, and Spain account for nearly two-thirds of about 250,000 deaths registered until now from a total of about 8 million cases across Europe.
The United Kingdom leads Europe’s death toll with about 45,000 deaths, followed by Italy, Spain, France, and Russia. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday Britain cannot rely on a vaccine and will need to use other measures to slow the pandemic.