Jul 20, 2022 03:58 GMT
In the last six weeks, covid-19 cases have tripled on the continent, while hospitalization rates have doubled, according to data from the agency.
The World Health Organization (WHO) regional director for Europe, Hans Kluge, said in a statement published Tuesday that over the past six weeks, the number of coronavirus cases on the continent has tripled, while hospitalization rates have doubled.
“With the increase in cases, we are also seeing an increase in hospitalizations, which will increase even more in the fall and winter months,” Kluge said, quoted by AP. “This forecast presents a huge challenge for health personnel in every country, who are already under enormous pressure dealing with unremitting crises since 2020.”
Europe has become a focus of the disease by registering almost half of all cases in the worldsaid the regional director.
Given the deterioration of the epidemiological situation in European countries, Kluge reminded the population that covid-19 is “a dangerous and life-threatening disease”, which should not be underestimated. Especially now, when a new wave has reached the continent, as a result of the new variants of the virus that are more contagious.
Last week, all 53 countries in Europe reported almost 3 million of new cases to the WHO, with an average of 3,000 deaths each week.
This Tuesday, the organization public your autumn strategy to deal with the disease. The plan recommends governments to vaccinate and protect vulnerable population groups, and encourages the use of face masks in public places.
At the same time, Kluge urged the population to take their own precautions, even in countries where the authorities have abandoned the health restrictions previously implemented.
The coronavirus outbreak was first detected in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.