Sumary of COVID deaths top 1.5 million across Europe:
- PARIS – Europe on Thursday reached the grim milestone of 1.5 million coronavirus deaths as nations scramble to tackle a worsening crisis with winter approaching.
- In response, France accelerated its COVID booster rollout and Germany, with fatalities and infections surging, weighed new measures.
- With the world braced for the full onslaught of yet another wave, the EU’s medicines agency cleared a vaccine for children as young as five.
- But South Africa reported a new worrying COVID-19 variant with devastating potential, the EU medicines agency cleared a vaccine for children as young as five.
- In Paris, Health Minister Olivier Veran said COVID-19 booster shots, until now only available to people over 65 or with health problems, would be accessible to all adults starting this weekend.
- Neighbouring Germany meanwhile reported record coronavirus fatalities and infections Thursday as its total death toll passed 100,000 – a “grim milestone”, said Bild daily – just as a new government prepared to replace Angela Merkel’s coalition.
- Europe’s largest economy recorded 351 Covid fatalities in the past 24 hours, bringing the official death toll since the start of the pandemic to 100,119.The weekly incidence rate also hit an all-time high of 419.7 new infections per 100,000 people, according to the Robert Koch Institute health agency.
- Merkel’s presumed successor Olaf Scholz outlined a roadmap Wednesday by announcing new measures to tame the fourth wave.