Ten countries of Europe have crossed the threshold of 120 infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) updates its coronavirus map and these 10 countries turn red on European coronavirus map.
Initially, including Belgium, there were nine countries circled red, recently due to the rapid increase in infectious cases the United Kingdom has also become red.
Additionally, four other countries, while not having passed 120 confirmed infections per 100,000 inhabitants yet, are at risk.https://t.co/8W7VE489B1
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Countries coloured red
Spain (319 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the past two weeks), the Czech Republic (303/100,000), France (245/100,000), the Netherlands (231/100,000), Belgium (206/100,000), Luxembourg (161/100,000), Iceland (158/100,000), Hungary (129/100,000) and Denmark (128/100,000) are now joined by the UK (135/100,000).
In almost all of the countries that already were coloured red, however, the situation has worsened in the meantime.
The resurgence of COVID 19 in Belgium
From February, when the first Corona case was detected in Belgium until May the situation remained under control due to lock down and relevant strict measures. After experiencing a peak in April. From May Belgium gradually eased lockdown measures. Although Corona measures were still in place, in June about 10,000 people participated in demonstrations organized to support the Black Lives Matter move. At that time, Jan Jambon from Flanders called this act as detrimental to the spread of Corona in future. At the end of July, in response to the careless attitude of public and flare-up of the virus in some parts of the country, the government introduced new measures including new social distancing rules. Now, the country has been turned red on ECDC coronavirus map. The situation in Belgium is no exception as compared with other countries in Europe.
Countries at risk
There are four other countries, not having passed 120 confirmed infections per 100,000 inhabitants yet, are at risk: Romania (116/100,000), Austria (114/100,000), Slovakia (106/100,000) and Ireland (105/100,000).
On Sunday, the UK marked with half a million confirmed coronavirus infections. UK’s health services reported 22,961 new confirmed cases in 24 hours, almost twice in number as compared with the previous day.
However, it is reported that a jump in the figures is due to the correction in a technical defect. Between 25 September and 2 October, 15,841 cases were left out of the UK’s daily figures, according to Public Health England.
Those cases were then added to the weekend’s figures, causing a distorted picture of the situation in the country.