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COVID-19 morbidity in Europe returned to March levels

COVID-19 morbidity in Europe returned to March levels

In Europe, there are 46 confirmed cases of coronavirus per 100,000 people.

COVID-19 incidence in Europe is back to the level observed in March when the coronavirus outbreak was in its peak phase.

Andrea Ammon, director of the European Centre for Prevention and Control (ECDC), said Wednesday, USTN reported citing Reuters.

“The virus has not slept all summer. It hasn't taken a vacation,” Ammon said to MEPs during the next hearing.

According to her, the data this week showed that in Europe, per 100,000 people account for 46 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

“We are almost back to the numbers we saw in March,” Ammon said.

According to ECDC, in March the number of infected people per 100,000 population was about 40 at the end of the month and continued to rise until April to about 70 people per 100,000 population.

The current increase in confirmed cases is partly due to an increase in testing rates.

According to Ammon, the new cases are mainly youth-related, so the number of hospitalizations during the summer has stabilized, while in March and April it was mostly elderly people who were more difficult to cope with the disease.

However, Ammon noted that recently the number of hospitalizations has been growing again — it indicates a surge of disease also among older people.

Ammon added that the resumption of schooling in September will not necessarily lead to increased risks of transmission. According to her, in Europe, which has already opened schools in the spring, there have been no outbreaks of disease.

Earlier we wrote that Oxford is starting human trials of the coronavirus vaccine. Germany is also beginning to test the COVID-19 vaccine in humans. In the USA, the vaccine in humans trials began in March.

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