With 1.84 million new cases registered, the caseload across the region remained staggeringly high, but World Health Organization noted that "in the past week, for the first time in over three months, the region observed a decline of 10 per cent in weekly cases".
"Europe accounts for 28 percent of global cases and 26 percent of cumulative deaths in the region", Hans Kluge, WHO's European regional director, said on Thursday, the Telegraph reported. Of them, 523 were women.
Virologist Steven Van Gucht, from the Belgian government's Sciensano health group, said the daily average of deaths in the country now stood at 185 people, a 5% decrease compared to the average a week ago.More news: Google Bringing Stadia Cloud Gaming Service to iOS Through Web App
Defending schools and the use of masks to avoid confinements were two of the central messages of Kluge, who called "great hope in the fight against virus" news appeared in recent days about advances in several trials of vaccines against Covid-19. Of every 100 infections last reported worldwide, about 39 were reported from countries in Europe.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte hailed a "positive" downward trend but said the case count was still too high. He warned the country to remain on a partial lockdown.
Kluge also noted that confinements are "a measure of last resort" and that they cause many side effects, such as mental health damage or increased gender-based violence, and that if the use of masks exceeds 95 per cent among people, they would not be necessary.More news: U.S. election: Reporter asks Donald Trump if he's 'being a sore loser'
In Berlin, police fired water cannons Wednesday at demonstrators and carried away some who were protesting coronavirus restrictions near the famed Brandenburg Gate and the seat of the federal government.
Some people in Europe continue to refuse to wear masks in close contact with others.
The WHO data showed that Austria reported the sharpest increase in new cases on the continent last week, marking a 30 per cent hike from the previous week. Overall the country has seen 833,000 coronavirus cases and more than 13,000 virus-confirmed deaths, a death toll one-fourth that of Britain's.More news: Dallas to Acquire Josh Richardson in Exchange For Seth Curry
The virus has infected more than 56 million people worldwide and killed over 1.3 million, according to Johns Hopkins University.