Since 31 December 2019 and as of 2 August 2020, 17 841 669 cases of COVID-19 have been reported worldwide, including 685 281 deaths. European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) countries and the United Kingdom (UK) have reported 1 733 550 cases (10% of all cases), including 182 639 deaths (27% of all deaths).
In this update, we analyse the risk of further escalation of COVID-19 in the countries that have reported a recent increase in COVID-19 cases and the risk of further escalation of COVID-19 across all EU/EEA countries and the UK.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose a major public health threat to EU/EEA countries and the UK and to countries worldwide. As cases increased, peaking in early April 2020 in the EU/EEA, many countries implemented a range of response measures which led to a reduction in incidence. As countries regained control of transmission and alleviated the burden on healthcare, many measures were relaxed or removed to allow for a more viable way of life with the virus in circulation. Subsequently, a recent increase in COVID-19 cases has been reported in many EU/EEA countries. While many countries are now testing mild and asymptomatic cases, which has resulted in increased case reports, there is a true resurgence in cases in several countries as a result of physical distancing measures being relaxed