Europe overtook the U.S. this week in an important coronavirus metric, the seven-day rolling average of new cases per day, for the first time in months.
The European Union (EU), including the U.K., averaged 78,000 new cases per day while the U.S. reported 49,000 new cases per day in the week ending Oct. 12, The Wall Street Journal reported. The numbers translated to 152 new cases per million EU citizens and 150 new cases per million U.S. citizens.
“It does seem like we are at a tipping point in terms of infection numbers,” said Flavio Toxvaerd, an economics of infectious diseases expert at the University of Cambridge, according to the WSJ. (RELATED: Big Tech Censors Content That Counters The WHO, Despite It Repeatedly Flip-Flopping On Its Guidance)
The figures marked the first time since the initial outbreak of coronavirus in the spring that Europe surpassed the U.S. in the number of weekly new cases, the WSJ reported. The World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern in January and a pandemic in March.
In recent weeks, European countries have opted for targeted, localized shutdown measures rather than the sweeping countrywide