WHO “Europe back to the epicenter of the pandemic”… COVID-19 re-spread warning


The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that Europe could again be the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, with 500,000 more deaths by February next year.

Hans Kluj, head of the WHO European office, said at a press conference in Copenhagen, Denmark on the same day, saying that the number of confirmed cases in the region is again approaching a record level and the rate of transmission is also very worrying.

The WHO classifies the European region into 53 countries, including Russia and some countries in Central Asia.

“We are once again at a critical juncture for a pandemic re-pandemic,” Kluj said. “Europe has returned to the epicenter of the pandemic.”

He explained that the easing of COVID-19 precautions and low vaccination rates in some areas are the reason for the recent surge in COVID-19 infections.

He said hospitalization rates due to COVID-19 more than doubled over the past week in 53 countries classified by the WHO as a European region.

If this trend continues, the region could see 500,000 more COVID-19 deaths by February next year.

Director Kluj explained that the weekly number of new COVID-19 cases in Europe was nearly 1.8 million, up 6% from the previous week, and the weekly death toll was 24,000, up 12% from the previous week.


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