WHO : Europe back at epicentre of pandemic
Coronavirus infections are hitting record levels in many countries across Europe and could cause 500,000 more COVID-related deaths in the next three months, the World Health Organisation said.
The increase in Europe’s Covid-19 marks the fifth consecutive week cases have risen across the continent, making it the only world region where Covid-19 is still increasing. The infection rate was by far the highest in Europe, which reported some 192 new cases per 100,000 people.
The outbreak has accelerating in Europe over the last four weeks as colder temperatures lead to more socializing indoors, while many countries have eased restrictions. The WHO has repeatedly said that the pandemic is not yet over, and that governments should keep public-health measures such as mask-wearing along with vaccinations.