The waxing and waning of the coronavirus pandemic in Europe shows new danger areas emerging

Europe has seen major changes in coronavirus case rates over the last two months. In many areas of Europe covid case rates have dropped sufficiently to allow restrictions to be eased, but there are notable exceptions. The Covid-19 rate in Spain now appears to be as bad, if not worse, than two months ago, and the Netherlands has seen a dramatic increase in numbers recently.

In the case of both Spain and the Netherlands, the rates increased following the decision to unlock their countries too quickly, and in both cases those decisions have had to reversed within weeks.  Greece too appears to be seeing a new wave, and these areas now represent the largest threat to Europe’s strategy to keeping infection rates down.

Data maps courtesy of ECDC


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Netherlands: the reproduction R rate is now 2.17 – the highest since February 2020

Croatia: no evidence of #coronavirus spillover into wildlife or zoo animals found so far

“..the aim of our study was to investigate the possibility of natural infection by SARS-CoV-2 of free-living and captive wild animals within their ecological niche. ..Based on the gained results, we conclude that during the investigated period (June 2020-March 2021), no SARS CoV-2 virus transmission from infected people or potentially contaminated environment to free-living wild animals included in the study occurred. Our conclusion also refers to in-contact zoo animals regardless of the fact that we collected samples during the ongoing second COVID-19 wave in Croatia when the animals were in contact with infected zoo workers. This demonstrates that the animal–human transmission of SARS CoV-2 is uncommon.

Investigating the Presence of SARS CoV-2 in Free-Living and Captive Animals  (PDF download)


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