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Europe now has more than 10 million COVID-19 cases. Here's the latest

Europe now has more than 10 million COVID-19 cases. Here's the latest

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The World Health Organization’s Europe director said Thursday that the 53-country region has again reached a new weekly record for confirmed cases, with more than 1.5 million confirmed last week and more than 10 million since the start of the pandemic.

During a meeting with European health ministers, WHO European regional director Dr. Hans Kluge said, “hospitalizations have risen to levels unseen since the spring” and that deaths have risen by more than 30% in the last week.

“Europe is at the epicenter of this pandemic once again,” Kluge said. “At the risk of sounding alarmist, I must express our very real concern.”

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More developments from today:

  • The resurgence of coronavirus cases is imperiling economic recoveries on both sides of the Atlantic as millions of individuals and businesses face the prospect of having to hunker down once again.
  • Immunity to COVID-19 infection lingers for at least five months, researchers reported — and probably longer than that.
  • The pandemic forced schools across the country to transfer to online learning, alarming educators that existing achievement gaps would worsen for children with limited access to the internet, computers, and other devices. Here's a look at the numbers.

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