Geneva: The World Health Organization (WHO) said Europe reported nearly two million new COVID-19 infections last week, the largest weekly case count in the continent since the start of the pandemic early last year.
In a press briefing here on Friday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was quoted as saying that Europe had nearly 27,000 coronavirus-related deaths, more than half of all Covid deaths in the world last week, Xinhua news agency reported.
He said that COVID-19 cases are increasing not only in countries with low vaccination rates in Eastern Europe, but also in countries with some of the highest vaccination rates in the world in Western Europe.
According to the WHO weekly report, during the week of November 1-7, the WHO European region recorded 1,949,419 new cases, a 7 percent week-on-week increase. While other sectors recorded declining or stable trends.
The 26,726 new deaths in Europe represented 10 percent of the weekly jump, while other regions showed a declining trend.
Of the 61 countries in the European region, 26 reported a ten percent or more increase in the number of new cases in the past week, with the largest numbers coming from Russia, Britain and Turkey.
“Some European countries are now imposing restrictions to curb transmission and reduce pressure on their health systems,” Tredos said.
“We continue to recommend testing, masks, physical distancing, measures to prevent overcrowding, better ventilation, and get vaccinated when it’s your turn. Every country should continuously assess its situation and approach it accordingly,” he said. should be adjusted.”
Michael Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s health emergencies programme, said cases were increasing in Europe as temperatures were falling.
Despite the availability of vaccines, what is happening in Europe is ‘a warning to the world’, Ryan said.
He said, “I think every country needs to look at its epidemiology now, protect its health workers or its health system, and make sure it doesn’t get worse again in the next few months without the system.” Lets do it.”
first published:Nov. 13, 2021, 6:09 p.m.