Europe Covid cases MAPPED: UK now 17 times higher than Spain – staggering charts

Brits urged to 'stop panicking' over COVID-19 rates by expert

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This week the UK reported its biggest one-day coronavirus case increase in three months, but cases in much of Western Europe remain low. The news comes as the Department of Health announced the largest daily rise in coronavirus cases since July 20 on Sunday, with more than 45,000 people testing positive in 24 hours. New figures show the UK is recording considerably more cases than its European counterparts, raising calls for the Government to bring in restrictions to curb the spread.

Research by Our World In Data found that in the seven days to Friday, October 15, the UK had a shocking rate of 589.68 infections per million of the population.

This compares to 104.20 in Germany, 71.02 in Spain, 40.68 in Italy and just 32.91 in Spain, where stricter coronavirus measures are in place.

The UK is also recording more than three times more deaths per million people than Spain, Italy and France, researchers found.

In the past seven days there have been 852 Covid deaths across the UK, an 8.5 percent increase on the last week.

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Our World in Data found that the UK has a rate of 1.76 deaths per million people, compared to 0.74 in Ireland, 0.71 in Germany, 0.60 in Spain, 0.57 in Italy and 0.55 in France.

Experts have said extra measures should be brought in to combat the spread, such as mandatory face masks and social distancing rules in shops and hospitality.

Martin McKee, professor of public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine said: “These small measures like mask-wearing, distancing, ventilation and an emphasis on homeworking are greater than the sum of their parts.

“It really doesn’t take an awful lot to bring this down, as France, Italy and others have shown.”

Experts have also warned that the UK’s booster vaccination programme is moving too slowly – as the public loses enthusiasm to keep the drive going.

Azeem Majeed, professor of primary care at Imperial College London, said: “There was always going to be a drop-off between doses. It’s likely that some people who got a second dose won’t get a third. They’re just not interested.

“People were initially told that two doses were enough.

“They were in lockdown, and the vaccine was their ticket out of it. Now there’s much less incentive.”

Why are UK cases so much higher?

The virus is growing among those aged 17 and younger, the latest React-1 study led by Imperial College London found last week.

The reproduction rate for this age group is 1.18, equating to an average of every 10 young persons infected are passing it on to around 12 others.

The percentage of those testing positive from August 29 through to October 9 was highest among those in school years seven to 11 – or mostly those aged 11 through 15 – according to the ONS.

More than eight percent of people in that age group tested positive in the period, compared with only 0.6 percent for those ages 25 to 34.

A lack of restrictions in the UK is also a cause of rising cases.

On the continent, some restrictions remain, such as a lower number of people allowed into large events, and face masks are largely still mandatory on public transport and in public places.

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