The European Center for Disease Control is registering more than one million confirmed coronavirus cases, while deaths in New York and Italy continue to fall.
According to a tally posted on the ECDC website Sunday local time, Spain had the most cases in the region with 191,726, followed by Italy, Germany, Britain and France.
It listed Italy as having the most deaths in Europe, with 23,227, followed by Spain, France, Britain and Belgium.
According to the tally, Europe accounts for almost half the global case load and more than half the total deaths.
The coronavirus death toll in New York dropped again, a sign that Gov Andrew Cuomo said means the state is “on the other side of the plateau” and that ongoing social distancing practices are working to stem the spread of the virus.
Gov Cuomo said 507 people died on Saturday (local time), down 43 from the previous day. Hospitalisations and other medical indicators are trending downward.
But Gov Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio maintained their warnings that people in New York City and the rest of the state need to stay vigilant.
Vice President Mike Pence meanwhile says 150,000 coronavirus tests are now being conducted daily in the US but suggested that governors and not the federal government were to blame for numbers not being higher.
Mr Pence told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that, “if states around the country will activate all of the laboratories that are available in their states, we could more than double that overnight”.
He said the nation has “sufficient testing today” for states to begin reopening their economies as part of the initial phases of guidelines the White House released this week.
Governors from both parties have said that while they do have more labs that could increase testing in many areas, they often are unable to do so because of federal delays.
Italy on Sunday (local time) registered the lowest number of deaths of people with coronavirus in a month, with the death toll rising by 433 in the past 24 hours.
That brings the national total to 23,660, still the second-highest in the world after the United States.
The number of positives rose by just over 3000 to 178,972 – the lowest increase in more than a month.
Because of the lack of comprehensive testing, health authorities estimate that the number of cases and deaths have been significantly underestimated.
Italy was the first western country to be hit by the coronavirus, in late February.
While the epidemic curve continues to plateau, authorities have begun discussions on how to ease a nationwide lockdown, which has been extended through May 3.
Italy’s representative to the World Health Organisation says it is too early for the country to transition to a “Phase Two” of greater freedom of movement while living alongside the virus.
“We have to wait until we can count the number of new cases on one hand, not the four-digit growth that we are having,” Walter Ricciardi told SKYTG 24 on Sunday.
Paris has shut down part of its water system after discovering trace amounts of the virus in water used for cleaning streets and watering public gardens.
City Hall said in a statement Sunday (local time) that Paris drinking water remains safe.
A municipal water management laboratory discovered “tiny traces” of the virus at four of 27 sampling points in the city’s network for non-drinking water, the statement said. That network is distinct from the city’s potable water system.
After the discovery, the city suspended use of the non-drinking water network for public places and is using the potable water system instead.
The non-drinking water is pumped in from the Seine River and an adjacent canal, and is used for street cleaning, watering parks and in some city fountains.
France is set to make an exception to its strict virus confinement measures to allow families to visit relatives in nursing homes starting Monday.
More than 7,000 people believed to have the virus have died in French nursing homes, without family at their sides because of virus protection measures.
France banned all nursing home visits early in the pandemic, and many residents have been confined to their rooms for weeks, because the virus has been especially dangerous for the elderly.
Britain has reported 596 more coronavirus-related hospital deaths on Sunday (local time) to raise the total to 16,060.
The health department’s latest daily number is down 292 from the previous day’s 888 deaths. Britain posted a record daily death toll of 980 just over a week ago.
Sunday’s count is the lowest since April 6 when 439 deaths were reported.
A British doctor has held a lone protest outside Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office to highlight the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) for the country’s medical workers battling the coronavirus outbreak.
Meenal Viz is a junior clinical fellow with the UK National Health Service. She wore hospital scrubs and a facemask as she held a hand-drawn sign outside Downing Street that said, “Protect Healthcare Workers”.
She said she was demonstrating for vulnerable members of staff. The British government has been under fire for weeks over the distribution of PPE.
At least 50 NHS workers have died after contracting the virus, including a pregnant nurse whose baby was delivered by emergency Caesarean operation.
Turkey’s health minister has said a total of 2017 people have died of the novel coronavirus, with 127 new deaths in the past 24 hours.
Fahrettin Koca, in figures tweeted Sunday (local time), said 977 new infections were confirmed in the past day, bringing the total number to 86,306.
The minister also said 11,976 people have recovered so far in Turkey, including 1523 in the past 24 hours.
Coronavirus: what you need to know
How is coronavirus transmitted?
The human coronavirus is only spread from someone infected with COVID-19 to another. This occurs through close contact with an infected person through contaminated droplets spread by coughing or sneezing, or by contact with contaminated hands or surfaces.
How can I protect myself and my family?
World Health Organisation and NSW Health both recommend basic hygiene practices as the best way to protect yourself from coronavirus.
Good hygiene includes:
Clean your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitiser;
Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or your elbow;
Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms;
Apply safe food practices; and
Stay home if you are sick.
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