WHO Seriously Concerned About an Increase in Corona Infections in Europe
The World Health Organization (WHO) is deeply concerned about the rising number of corona infections in Europe.
According to a reliable forecast, the director in Europe, Hans Kluge, warns that another half a million people will be killed before February.
The coronavirus is spreading rapidly in the 53 countries in the European area of the health organization. Of all new infections reported worldwide last week, 59 percent came from these countries. That includes 48 percent of all reported deaths.
The number of infections in the European area has been rising for six weeks in a row, among all age groups. Germany, Slovenia and Croatia reported their highest daily rates since the start of the pandemic on Thursday. According to Kluge, the development of the corona figures is a reason for ‘serious concerns’. Europe is once again the epicentre of the pandemic, the chief executive said.
Kluge points out that the increase is caused by the relaxation of corona measures and too low a vaccination coverage. As a result, the number of hospital admissions has doubled in a week.
“We have to change our tactics,” said the director of WHO Europe. Instead of taking action when the number of infections peaks, according to Kluge, we should look at ways to prevent these peaks. He calls on health authorities to relax—measures to be carefully reconsidered.