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Alarm bells in 53 European, Central Asian countries, WHO warns of new Covid wave



Alarm bells in 53 European, Central Asian countries, WHO warns of new Covid wave

As many as 53 countries in Europe and Central Asia are facing the “real threat” of the re-emergence of the coronavirus pandemic in the coming weeks, or are already fighting a new wave of infections, which is exacerbated by the more contagious delta variant of the coronavirus. This situation. The World Health Organization (WHO) said. “We are at another critical point in the resurgence of the pandemic. Europe is back at the epicenter of the pandemic a year ago,” Hans Kluge, the head of WHO Europe, told the WHO European headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark reporter.

Kluge said that the number of cases is once again approaching the highest level in history, and the spread of the region eastward to the former Soviet Union republics in Central Asia is a “serious concern”. European countries must work harder to prevent the spread of the epidemic.

Kluge added that with the surge in deaths and new cases, the coronavirus will not spread further. He said the difference now is that the health authorities know more about the virus and have better tools to fight it. He said that relaxed preventive measures and lower vaccination rates in certain areas explained the recent surge. WHO Europe stated that there are nearly 1.8 million new Covid-19 cases in the region every week, an increase of about 6% over the previous week, with 24,000 cases.

The number of deaths during the same period may have increased by 12%. Kluge said that in the past week, the hospitalization rate due to Covid-19 has more than doubled in 53 countries. Kluge said that if this trajectory continues, by February, another 500,000 people in the region may die from the pandemic, he said. “Today, every country in Europe and Central Asia is facing the real threat of the resurgence of Covid-19, or is already fighting it.”

News Source : Hindustan Times

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