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Coronavirus: almost 100k new cases in Central-Eastern Europe

Slovakia and Czechia to declare state of emergency this week

29 September, 12:12
(by Stefano Giantin) (ANSA) - BELGRADE, 29 SET - Countries in Central- and Eastern Europe recorded almost 100,000 new COVID-19 cases in the week between September 21 and September 27, show data from the new WHO weekly epidemiological update, published Monday evening.

A total of 99,708 new COVID-19 cases (+11.9% compared to last week) and 1,443 new deaths (+11.4% week-on-week) were reported by the countries in the Balkans and in Central- and Eastern Europe to the World Health Organization (WHO) in the week ending September 27, bringing the cumulative total of cases to 1,140,466 and of deaths to 29,953.

In the area, the epidemiological situation appears difficult also in Czechia (14,988 new cases compared to 12,905 of a week earlier) and in Slovakia (2,054 new cases compared to 1,093), where the authorities anticipated the imminent declaration of the state of emergency on Monday. Poland is recording a new spike in cases as well.

According to WHO data, in the past week the countries across Central- and Eastern Europe that reported more new cases were Ukraine (22956), Czechia (14988), Germany (12725), Romania (9685) and Hungary (6024).

The highest number of cumulative cases of COVID-19 in the area was registered in Germany (284140), followed by Ukraine (198634), Romania (121235), Poland (85980), Belarus (77289), Czechia (63294), Moldova (50534) and Austria (42940).

Currently, Montenegro remains the country in the region with the highest rate of cumulative cases per 1 million population (16374 against 5096 in Italy), followed by Moldova (12527), North Macedonia (8324), Kosovo (8268), Belarus (8179) and Bosnia-Herzegovina (8167), while the lowest rate is recorded in Latvia (877).

The countries across the region that reported more new deaths last week were Ukraine (402), Romania (285), Poland (142), Czechia (92), Moldova (78), Germany (71) and Bosnia-Herzegovina (62).

In Central- and Eastern Europe, the highest total number of deaths from COVID-19 were reported in Germany (9457), Romania (4687), Ukraine (3959), Poland (2424), Moldova (1279), Bosnia-Herzegovina (808), Bulgaria (789) and Austria (787).

Currently, North Macedonia has the highest rate of deaths per 1 million population in the region (346 against 592 in Italy), followed by Kosovo (327), Moldova (317), Montenegro (252), Bosnia-Herzegovina (246) and Romania (244), while the lowest rate was recorded in Slovakia (8).

In Slovenia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania and in the Western Balkans (Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Albania) 278699 confirmed cases and 9298 deaths were registered as of September 27. (ANSA).

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