LONDON — Coronavirus lockdown restrictions in Europe appear to be paying off, with a dip in new weekly cases, the World Health Organization said, offering a glimmer of hope ahead of Christmas, while cases soar in the United States.
In total, Europe has registered 15.9 million Covid-19 casesand just over 359,000 deaths, according to WHO data, accounting for 28 percent of global cases.
Health ministry data found 21,150 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, down from 28,383 on Wednesday, while pressure on the hospital system was also easing.
The total number of confirmed French coronavirus cases now stands at more than 2 million.
"We're alarmed with the exponential increase in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths," said CDC official Henry Walke.
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