The current rate of coronavirus transmission in Europe is “very worrying” and could cause half a million additional deaths from here to February on the continent, alerted this Thursday the World Health Organization (WHO).
“We are back at the epicenter“lamented WHO Europe director Hans Kluge at an online press conference.
“The current rate of transmission in the 53 countries that make up the European region is very worrying (…) If we maintain this trajectory we could have another half a million deaths from covid-19 in the region between now and February,” added Klugue, reported the AFP news agency.
For the WHO, the increase in cases is explained by the combination of insufficient vaccination with a relaxation of anticovid measures.
According to data from WHO Europe, hospitalizations linked to the coronavirus “have doubled in a week.”
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The number of new cases per day has been on the rise for almost six consecutive weeks in Europe and the number of deaths per day has risen for seven weeks. The figures are on average 250,000 new cases and 3,600 deaths per day, according to official data.
The rise is driven by the figures for Russia, Ukraine and Romania, mainly. The organization called for the mask to continue to be worn.
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“Reliable data shows that if we continue to wear the mask 95% in Europe and Central Asia, we will be able to save up to 188,000 lives of the half a million that we risk losing between now and February 2022,” according to Kluge.