The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has shown few signs of abating. It continues to impact severely the EU and represent a severe public health emergency for the European citizens, societies and economies, requiring the Member States to adopt exceptional measures.
Since 31 December 2019, more than 1.3 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported globally, including almost 75,000 deaths. More than 4 billion people, or half of the world's population, are now following the confinement measures put in place by many national governments around the world to prevent the virus from spreading.
Europe continues to be the epicentre of this global pandemic. The current situation is characterised by the number of new cases in the EU increasing continuously, rising on average by up to 5% every day, with the amount of daily new fatalities remaining almost constant.
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