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Europe becomes first region to surpass 50 million COVID-19 cases – Reuters check

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Europe became the first region worldwide to record 50 million coronavirus infections on Monday, according to a Reuters tally, as the more contagious Delta variant fueled a record increase in the number of coronavirus patients. New infections every day.

The region is seeing a million new infections every eight days and has reported nearly 1.3 million deaths since the pandemic began.

The Delta variant, which is significantly more contagious than the original version of COVID-19, has been detected in about 100 countries and is now the dominant variant worldwide. (Graphic of global cases and deaths) https://tmsnrt.rs/34pvUyi

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European markets faced a jolt on Monday as shares fell more than 2%, their worst session in nine months, on fears that the fast-spreading Delta variant could slow the recovery. global economic recovery.

Russ Mold, chief investment officer at AJ Bell said: “Investors are extremely worried that… another blockade could happen within a month or two. “COVID is spreading fast again and airlines, restaurants and entertainment companies may not get the strong summer deals they have long been expecting.”

Europe remains one of the hardest hit regions worldwide and has reported 27% of global cases and 31% of global deaths.

It took Europe 194 days to rise from 25 million to 50 million cases while the first 25 million were reported in 350 days, according to a Reuters tally.

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Russia, the worst affected European country, is on track to pass 6 million cases.

The UK ended more than a year of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions on Monday but its so-called “Freedom Day” has been marred by rising infections and grim forecasts.

COVID-19 restrictions are being reintroduced in European countries after recent spikes.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday said UK nightclubs and other venues with large crowds would require patrons to show proof of full vaccinations from the end of September.

France has taken some of the toughest measures in Europe, requiring a health pass to prove vaccinations at a range of sites since early August and mandating vaccinations for healthcare workers.

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Last week, the Netherlands announced it was reintroducing work-from-home guidance due to a spike in COVID-19 infections, just weeks after lifting, as well as some restrictions on bars, restaurants and clubs. night club.

Greece will require customers at indoor restaurants, bars and cafes to prove they have been vaccinated against a surge in infections.

According to a Reuters analysis of data, the daily rate of COVID vaccinations has increased in about a dozen countries as a result of the Delta variant and governments expanding their vaccination rounds.

(Reporting by Anurag Maan and Lasya Priya in Bengaluru; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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