Coronavirus ‘passed its peak’ in 20 countries, says EU health agency


The first wave of coronavirus transmission “has passed its peak” in 20 EU/EEA countries, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control said Thursday. However, the agency was quick in its latest risk assessment to caution against removing lockdowns too hastily.

Social distancing policies appear to be successfully reducing transmission. In the EU/EEA and U.K., 14-day incidence has declined by 18 percent since April 8, according to the Stockholm-based agency.