Pandemic skyrockets in Europe; COVID is the No. 1 cause of death

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Health officials in Europe are urging people to take more health precautions as the region grapples with its most dramatic surge of COVID-19 cases in the pandemic yet.

Cases have skyrocketed across the European region since the beginning of October, with cases rising from about 130,000 per day to an all-time high of more than 330,000 per day. For the week ending November 21, a territory of 53 countries, including the European Union, the United Kingdom, Russia and several countries in Central Asia, reported 2,427,657 new cases, representing 67 percent of all COVID-19 cases reported globally. We do.

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The region accounted for 57 per cent of all COVID-19 deaths worldwide, with 29,465 deaths in the week ending November 21. a weekly report by the World Health Organization. During the week, daily COVID-19 deaths rose to near 4,200, more than double the 2,100 daily deaths seen at the end of September, WHO noted,

The countries now seeing the highest number of new cases per day are Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia, France and Turkey, according to data tracking by The New York Times. Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Romania and Germany are reporting the highest daily deaths in the region.

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At the moment in the pandemic, the European region has recorded more than 1.51 million deaths, and COVID-19 is the number 1 cause of death. With the current surge, deaths are projected to reach more than 2.2 million by next spring, and officials expect “high and extreme stress” on health systems in dozens of countries.

“duty towards society”

In a candid statement on Monday, Germany’s health minister, Jens Spahn, warned that “by the end of this winter everyone in Germany will either vaccinated, recovered or deadGiven the options, Spahn urged the Germans to get vaccinated. The country has one of the lowest vaccination rates in Western Europe, with only 68 percent of people fully vaccinated. While Spahn said he was against setting a vaccine mandate, he called for vaccinations to take place. “moral obligation.”

“Freedom means taking responsibility, and getting vaccinated is the duty of the society,” he said.

Meanwhile, WHO officials stressed the need to resume public health precautions in addition to vaccination. “To live with this virus and continue with our daily lives, we need to take a ‘vaccine plus’ approach,” Dr. Hans Henri Kluge, WHO’s regional director for Europe, said in a statement. “This means receiving the standard dose of the vaccine, taking a booster if offered, as well as incorporating preventive measures into our normal routine. Taking together, wearing a mask, washing hands, ventilating indoor spaces, physical Keeping your distance and sneezing into your elbow. Simple, effective ways to get the virus under control and keep society going.”

In a press briefing WednesdayEchoing this point, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus argued that the whole world needs to be vigilant.

“In many countries and communities, we are concerned about a false sense of security that vaccines have ended epidemics and that people who have been vaccinated need not take any other precautions,” Dr. Tedros said. “Vaccines save lives, but they do not completely prevent transmission.” Fully vaccinated people can still have breakthrough infection and spread the virus further. And with continued transmission comes the constant risk that new versions will emerge.

“While Europe is again the epicenter of the pandemic, no country or region is out of the woods,” warned Dr Tedros.

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