WHO expresses concerns over COVID-19 Europe surge

 - COVID-19 - Nov 21
WHO expresses concerns over COVID-19 Europe surge

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has expressed immense worry about the resurgent spread of COVID-19 all across Europe.

As the entire continent battles a fresh wave of infections, regional director Dr Hans Kluge wanted that 500,000 more deaths could be recorded by march 2022 unless urgent action is taken. Speaking to BBC, Kluge said that an increase in mask wearing could be the first solution. This warning follows several nations reporting high infection rates and many reinstating nation or partial lockdowns. 

Many factors could have contributed to the surge such as the winter season, insufficient vaccine coverage and the regional dominance of the Delta variant. Kluge called for an increased vaccine uptake and the implementation of basic health measures to help control the situation. 

This follows protests sparking up in Austria after the country made vaccination mandatory by next February as well as introducing a nation wide lockdown for all. Slovakia and Czech Republic have also introduced fresh restrictions on those unvaccinated. 

As for Malta, the vaccination rollout allowed Health authorities to not introduce any new restrictions. None were removed however, with active cases also rising. Focus was instead moved onto hospitalisation and deaths. 


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