In European Union countries and the United Kingdom, COVID-19 cases have declined overall, though the number of outbreaks at nursing homes has increased, and in other parts of the world, activity is surging in the Brazilian city of Manaus, with fears that it is the next major hot spot. The global total rose to 2,682,225 cases in 185 countries, including 187,330 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins online dashboard. ECDC urges slow steps in relaxing distancing In its latest risk assessment today, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said stay-at-home policies and other interventions are responsible for the drop in cases and that 20 of the 31 countries it monitors appear to be past the peak of their initial waves. Eight countries reported no change, and three reported increasing trends: Ireland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

 

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