There is much talk of a second wave of coronavirus in Europe. But what does the data tell us?
Countries across Europe are seeing a resurgence in COVID-19 cases after successfully slowing outbreaks early in the year.
The vast majority of countries are declaring more cases each day now than they were during the first wave earlier this year.
But, while infection numbers may appear higher, it could simply be that increases in testing capacity are identifying more cases.
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control reports the number of deaths by the date of report whereas the national authorities may report deaths by date of death. Some countries also chose not to report deaths over the weekends and may proceed to minor rectifications afterwards. It may lead to minor discrepancies regarding the dates of the report.
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