Europe Coronavirus Cases Are Rising Fastest in These Five Countries

Coronavirus cases in Europe are approaching nearly 4.4 million, according to the latest report Saturday from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Fears over a potential second wave of the outbreak remain following a recent rise in new cases reported in several European countries.

Here we look at five European Union (EU) nations that have reported the largest increase in new cases per capita (100,000 people) in the last 14 days from the 14 days prior to that two-week period, according to data compiled by WHO.

Three of these five EU nations are reporting community transmission, which indicates they are "experiencing larger outbreaks of local transmission defined through an assessment of factors including, but not limited to: large numbers of cases not linkable to transmission chains; large numbers of cases from sentinel lab surveillance; and/or multiple unrelated clusters in several areas of the country/territory/area," according to WHO.

Two of these five EU countries are reported to be seeing clusters of cases, indicating they are "experiencing cases, clustered in time, geographic location and/or by common exposures," WHO notes.

All case and population data below is sourced from WHO and case totals include both probable and confirmed cases reported to WHO.

The "14-day incidence values [listed below] represent incidence (number of new cases reported) per 100,000 population over the past 14 days. Percentages indicate change in 14-day cumulative incidence as compared to 14 days ago," the WHO explains.

France

Crude cumulative incidence per 100,000 people

  • In the latest 14-day period: 114.8
  • Change since 14 days prior: 105 percent increase

Status: Reporting community transmission

  • Total cases: 309,156
  • New cases in the latest 14-day period: 74,756
  • Total population: 64,721,000 (as of 2016)

Weekly new cases in France have decreased from late March and remained relatively flat from June to mid-July. The weekly case count increased for two consecutive weeks from the week commencing August 17, according to WHO.

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People stroll down Bordeaux's main shopping street, Sainte-Catherine, on August 15 in France. New cases of the coronavirus have been rising in France in recent weeks. Mehdi Fedouach/AFP via Getty Images

Italy

Crude cumulative incidence per 100,000 people

  • In the latest 14-day period: 29
  • Change since 14 days prior: 141 percent increase

Status: Reporting clusters of cases

  • Total cases: 274,644
  • New cases in the latest 14-day period: 17,579
  • Total population: 59,430,000 (as of 2016)

Weekly new cases in Italy decreased from late March through May. The weekly case count remained mostly flat from June through late July, before rising more sharply from the week commencing August 10, according to WHO.

Hungary

Crude cumulative incidence per 100,000 people

  • In the latest 14-day period: 23.6
  • Change since 14 days prior: 379 percent increase

Status: Reporting community transmission

  • Total cases: 7,382
  • New cases in the latest 14-day period: 2,284
  • Total population: 9,753,000 (as of 2016)

Weekly new cases in Hungary decreased from late April and remained flat from mid-June to late July. The weekly case count increased for five consecutive weeks, starting from the week commencing August 3, more than doubling in the last two weeks in August, according to data compiled by WHO.

The graphic below, provided by Statista, illustrates COVID-19 cases by patient outcome across the globe.

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Estonia

Crude cumulative incidence per 100,000 people

  • In the latest 14-day period: 16
  • Change since 14 days prior: 91 percent increase

Status: Reporting clusters of cases

  • Total cases: 2,456
  • New cases in the latest 14-day period: 212
  • Total population: 1,312,000 (as of 2016)

Weekly new cases mostly decreased from late March and remained flat from mid-June to late July, before increasing for two consecutive weeks from the week commencing August 17, according to WHO.

Croatia

Crude cumulative incidence per 100,000 people

  • In the latest 14-day period: 92.8
  • Change since 14 days prior: 80 percent increase

Status: Reporting community transmission

  • Total cases: 11,428
  • New cases in the latest 14-day period: 3,834
  • Total population: 4,213,000 (as of 2016)

Weekly new cases in Croatia declined from late March to late April and remained flat through mid-June. The weekly case count then increased through mid-July before decreasing again. From the week commencing August 3, weekly new cases rose sharply for three consecutive weeks, according to WHO.

The novel coronavirus has infected more than 26.6 million people globally since it was first reported in Wuhan, China, including over 6.1 million in the U.S. More than 869,200 have died following infection, while over 17.5 million have reportedly recovered, as of Saturday, according to JHU.

The graphic below, provided by Statista, illustrates countries with the most COVID-19 cases.

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