Europe’s Covid-19 deaths may increase by 500,000 in 4 months

WHO warned that Europe could record an additional 500,000 deaths from Covid-19 by March 2022 if urgent action is not taken.

Dr Hans Kluge, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) regional director for Europe, warned in an interview on November 20 that he was “extremely concerned” about the situation. current spread of nCoV in Europe.

He explained that factors such as winter, when infectious diseases are often on the rise, inadequate vaccine coverage and dominant Delta variant lead to an increase in the number of nCoV infections.

People are vaccinated against Covid-19 at a vaccination center in Zilina, Slovakia, on June 7.  Photo: Reuters.

People are vaccinated against Covid-19 at a vaccination center in Zilina, Slovakia, on June 7. Photo: Reuters.

“Covid-19 has once again become the number one cause of death in Europe. We all know what to do to fight the disease,” Kluge said. He called for promoting vaccination, implementing basic public health measures, and developing new treatments for diseases, adding that increased mask wearing could help immediately.

Several European countries are now recording record-high nCoV infection rates, prompting authorities to issue partial or complete blockade orders. German Health Minister Jens Spahn said that Covid-19 in the country had become a “national emergency” and did not rule out the possibility of re-imposing a nationwide blockade. The southeastern state of Bavaria, where Covid-19 vaccination rates are the lowest in the country, has canceled its entire Christmas market this year.

Austria, the country with the lowest vaccination rate in Western Europe, announced on November 19 that it would make Covid-19 vaccination a legal requirement. The new regulation is expected to take effect from February 2022, but the details are still under discussion. Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said it was a difficult decision, but vaccination was “the only way out we have to break this vicious cycle”.

Luster (Follow Guardian)

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