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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the EU/EEA and the UK -- Ninth Update   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Summary: "Since 31 December 2019 and as of 22 April 2020, approximately 2.5 million (2 524 812) cases of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] have been reported worldwide and 177 780 deaths. Of these, 988 241 cases were reported by EU/EEA [European Union/European Economic Area] countries and the UK, including 105 064 deaths. The COVID-19 pandemic is posing an unprecedented threat to EU/EEA countries and the UK, which have been experiencing widespread transmission of the virus in the community for several weeks. In addition, there has been an increasing number of reports of COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care homes across Europe with high associated mortality, highlighting the extreme vulnerability of the elderly in this setting. The absence of an effective treatment or a vaccine combined with an exponential growth in infections from late February, led many countries to implement non-pharmaceutical interventions such as 'stay-at-home' policies (recommended or enforced) alongside other community and physical distancing measures such as the cancellation of mass gatherings, closure of educational institutions and public spaces. This approach has collectively reduced transmission and the 14-day incidence in the EU/EEA and the UK overall has declined by 18% since 8 April. In 20 EU/EEA countries, it appears that the initial wave of transmission has passed its peak, with a decline in the number of newly reported cases."

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2020-04-23
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2020 European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
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European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control: https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/
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