Coronavirus cases rose 11 percent in Europe in the last week, the only region in the world where COVID has continued to advance since mid-October, the World Health Organization, said. And also WHO warns Europe to face its fourth wave of COVID in their region.
The United Nations health agency explained that cases and deaths have increased by around 6 percent globally in its weekly report. With some 3.6 million new infections and 51 thousand new deaths reported in the last week.
Dr. Hans Kluge, WHO director for Europe, warns that the continent could register another 700,000 deaths until spring if urgent people do not take measures soon to prevent from face fourth wave of COVID.
Kluge said that the European region remains under the firm grip of the COVID-19 pandemic. He also asked countries to increase the vaccination rate and adopt other control measures such as masks or the safety distance to avoid the last resort of confinements.
Although more than one billion people have completed the vaccination schedule in the European region, according to the WHO – which extends to Central Asia – the national percentage ranges between 10 and 80 percent.
In the last week, Austria, the Netherlands, and Belgium have enacted strict measures. It includes partial quarantines to stem the latest wave of the coronavirus. They expected to exceed 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 in Germany. Some politicians are now requesting mandatory vaccination in neighboring Austria.
In the rest of the world, coronavirus infections fell in Southeast Asia and the Middle East by 11 and 9 percent, respectively.
People have seen The largest decline in deaths from the virus in the last week in Africa (30 percent), which follows the trend that began at the end of June.
Although the number of infections remained stable in America, the agency noted that deaths increased by 19 percent.
The more easily spread Delta variant remains the predominant version of COVID-19 worldwide, the report added. Of the more than 840 thousand sequences added in the last week to the largest public database of the virus globally, around 99.8 percent were of this variant.
Others, including Mu, Lambda, and Gamma, accounted for less than 1 percent, although they remain especially high in Latin America.