Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Europe 2020, by country

Published by Conor Stewart, Oct 5, 2020

As of October 5, 2020, there were 5,755,953 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) across the whole of Europe since the first confirmed cases in France on January 25. Russia has been the worst affected country in Europe with 1,215,001 confirmed cases, followed by Spain with 789,932 cases. France and the United Kingdom have approximately 619 thousand and 503 thousand cases respectively.

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Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Europe as of October 5, 2020, by country

Weekly surveillance summary

This summary presents highlights from two separate weekly ECDC surveillance outputs, using data up to the end of the current reporting week (week 39, ending Sunday 27 September 2020).

  • The COVID-19 country overview provides a concise overview of the evolving epidemiological situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, both by country and for the European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) and the United Kingdom (UK) as a whole, using daily and weekly data from a range of sources.
  • The COVID-19 surveillance report presents the epidemiological characteristics of COVID-19 cases reported to The European Surveillance System (TESSy) to date and assesses the quality of the data.

Trends in reported cases and testing

  • By the end of week 39 (27 September 2020), the 14-day case notification rate for the EU/EEA and the UK, based on data collected by ECDC from official national sources, was 113.6 (country range: 9.9–319.9) per 100 000 population. The rate has been increasing for 70 days.
  • High levels (at least 60 per 100 000) or sustained increases (for at least seven days) in the 14-day COVID-19 case notification rates against the previous week have been observed in 27 countries (Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK).
  • Based on data reported to TESSy, among people over 65 years of age, high levels or sustained increases in the 14-day COVID-19 case notification rates compared to last week have been observed in 18 countries (Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden).
  • Notification rates are highly dependent on several factors, one of which is the testing rate. Weekly testing rates for week 39, available for 28 countries, varied from 335 to 6 003 tests per 100 000 population. Denmark had the highest testing rate for week 39, followed by Luxembourg, Iceland, Malta and Cyprus.
  • Weekly test positivity was high (at least 3%) or had increased compared to the previous week in 15 countries (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, France, Hungary, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain).

Primary care

  • In the six countries that reported data from primary care sentinel surveillance for COVID-19 up to week 39, using the systems established for influenza, two detections of SARS-CoV-2 were reported among the 63 patients tested.
  • Among those countries that reported influenza-like illness (ILI) and/or acute respiratory infection (ARI) syndromic surveillance data up to week 39, using the systems established for influenza, Belgium and Ireland had observed recent increases in consultation rates to levels higher than those reported during the same period for the last two years.

Hospitalisation

  • Hospital and/or ICU occupancy and/or new admissions due to COVID-19 were high (at least 25% of the peak level during the pandemic) or had increased compared to the previous week in 14 countries (Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal and Slovenia). No other increases have been observed, although data availability varies.
  • Based on surveillance data reported to TESSy by 22 countries to date, we estimate that 21% (country range: 4–65%) of reported COVID-19 cases have been hospitalised. Data from 16 countries show that a total of 9% (country range: 0–62%) of hospitalised patients required ICU and/or respiratory support. These proportions vary considerably by age and sex and may be influenced by national policies and practices.

Mortality

  • The 14-day COVID-19 death rate for the EU/EEA and the UK, based on data collected by ECDC from official national sources, was 8.8 (country range: 0.0–31.6) per million population. The rate has been increasing for 16 days.
  • High levels (at least 10 per million) or sustained increases (for at least seven days) in the 14-day COVID-19 death rates compared to those reported seven days ago are currently being observed in 14 countries (Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Spain and the UK).
  • Overall pooled estimates of all-cause mortality reported by EuroMOMO for week 39 show normal levels for the participating countries. However, excess mortality is observable in the age group 75 to 84 years and overall in a few countries.








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