|Nurses take samples from an infected child to test for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), at a hospital in Tehran, Iran. (File photo by= REUTERS)|
[Asia News Communication = Reporter Reakkana] Global coronavirus cases increase by about 400,000 for the first time on Saturday (Oct 17), a record one-day increase as most of Europe enacts new restrictions to curb the outbreak.
Europe, which successfully tamped down the first surge of infections, has emerged as the new coronavirus epicenter in recent weeks and is reporting on average 140,000 cases a day over the past week. As a region, Europe is reporting more daily cases than India, Brazil and the United States combined. Of every 100 infections reported around the world, 34 were from European countries, according to a Reuters analysis. The region is reporting a million new infections about every nine days and has reported more than 6.3 million cases since the pandemic began.
Major European countries like the UK, France, Russia, Netherlands, and Spain - accounted for about half of Europe's new cases in the week to Oct 18, according to a Reuters tally. Several European countries are closing schools, canceling elective surgeries, and enlisting student medics as the authorities face a COVID-19 resurgence. Efforts to develop a vaccine face difficulties, with Johnson & Johnson pausing its trial after an unexplained illness in a study participant. AstraZeneca's US trial has remained on hold for more than a month.