PARIS — Covid-19 death tolls released in Europe on Sunday showcased the different stages of the pandemic across continent: some countries may finally be seeing a slackening of the virus while others are only just getting started.
In Russia, for instance, the government reported Sunday its largest spike in new confirmed cases of covid-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, since the beginning of the outbreak.
This amounted to 2,186 new cases confirmed in the last 24 hours, according to Russia’s coronavirus response center. The death toll likewise rose by 24, bringing the total to 130 people killed by complications from the virus.
But in Spain, one the hardest-hit countries in Europe, the curve appeared to be flattening. On Sunday, the country’s daily death toll rose to 619, the government announced, but this was a relatively minor increase after the number of new fatalities had fallen the previous three days. And the figure was far lower than the 950 deaths reported on April 2.
As of Sunday, 16,972 people have died of covid-19-related causes in Spain, and the government has confirmed 166,019 cases.
In Germany, the death toll rose by 129 on Sunday, bringing the country’s recorded number of deaths to 2,673, according to data released by the Robert Koch Institute, the German government agency for disease control. The total number of confirmed cases in Germany increased only by 2,821 Sunday, down from the 4,133 cases reported Saturday.
On Saturday, the French government announced a drop in deaths for the second day in a row, and the number of intensive-care patients dropped for the third consecutive day.
So far 13,832 people have died in France since the beginning of the outbreak, according to Jérôme Salomon, France’s deputy health minister.