The second wave of Covid cases in Europe does not cause a spike in deaths compared to the spike in the spring
- The difference can be explained by the increased testing of countries in recent months
- But it can also be a sign that the virus mainly infects younger, healthier people
- Lockdown-free Sweden still has significantly lower rates than the rest of Europe
A second wave of coronavirus cases in Europe is not leading to an increase in the number of deaths.
While the number of cases in Spain has risen to nearly 15,000 a day – leading to another lockdown in parts of Madrid – the number of deaths remains relatively low compared to the spring peak.
There were 240 deaths in Spain on Thursday – much lower than the 929 daily deaths reached at the end of March, when there were 9,000 cases per day.
A graph shows how the number of deaths in Spain has not increased with the number of positive cases
A graph shows how the number of deaths in France has not increased with the number of positive cases
A graph shows how the number of deaths in Sweden has not increased with the number of positive cases
In France, a further 13,498 cases were reported yesterday. But the last 24-hour death toll – 154 on Friday – is much lower than in mid-April, when 1,400 deaths were reported, but 5,500 confirmed.
The difference could be explained by an increase in testing in the countries in recent months, but could also be a sign that the virus is mainly infecting younger, healthier people who survive the disease.
Sweden, which has not imposed a lockdown, still has a significantly lower rate of cases and deaths from Covid-19.
On Tuesday, Sweden had the lowest number of new cases since March. In April, Covid deaths in one day in Sweden peaked at 115. Now, some days, that figure is zero.
Reported infections have been on a steady rise in most of Europe over the past two months, with more than half of the countries seeing an increase of more than 10 percent in the past two weeks.