November 30: COVID-19 Cases Pull Back in Europe, See Slight Decline in U.S.

Gowned medical personnel. by Helena Jankovičová Kováčová from Pixabay.
Gowned medical personnel. by Helena Jankovičová Kováčová from Pixabay.

The rate of COVID-19 infections in Europe appears to be slowing, even as Germany rockets past 1 million cases and Poland looks poised to do so today.  Germany says its lockdowns will continue while the Czech Republic will relax some of its restrictions.  Other countries have already projecte that their lockdowns will last for months.

Cases have also peaked in the U.S., but this may be a result of less testing due to the long Thanksgiving weekend, which is not celebrated in Europe, of course.  Testing peaked before Thanksgiving as many families wanted proof that their loved ones were coronavirus-free.  Then it dropped off later in the week as the holiday resulted in slower than normal testing rates.  We’ll know more by mid-week as cases should either rocket upwards or continue to slowly drift downwards.

Hospitalizations in the U.S. have set new records every day for weeks, and now stand at 93,219.  There were 136,313 reported cases yesterday and 818 deaths, both of which are well below the weekly average, likely a result of the lower holiday weekend testing and related activity discussed above.

Weekly Report

Here’s a table demonstrating the rise of cases in the past week :

Week over week COVID-19 case data for 11/30/20.
Week over week COVID-19 case data for 11/30/20. Data from Johns Hopkins.

After roaring up the charts in the past month, France actually dropped a tick as Russia surpassed it to take the number four spot.  Germany, which has passed the 1 million mark, and Poland, which is only 10,000 away from doing so, both overtook Peru, which fell two spots.  Iraq also jumped a spot.

While several European countries are still seeing double digit growth, the rate of growth has slowed across our chart.

CORRECTION: Data reported for Mexico last week appears to have been corrupted, resulting in an artificially high result.  This has be corrected in this week’s data.

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