Rising pace of Covid transmission in Europe of 'grave concern': WHO

AFP , Saturday 6 Nov 2021

With 78 million cases in the WHO's European region- which spans 53 countries and territories and includes several nations in Central Asia -- the cumulative toll now exceeded that of South East Asia, the Eastern Mediterranean region

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The rising number of cases of Covid-19 in Europe is of "grave concern" and the region could see another half a million deaths by early next year, the World Health Organization warned on Thursday.

With 78 million cases in the WHO's European region- which spans 53 countries and territories and includes several nations in Central Asia -- the cumulative toll now exceeded that of South East Asia, the Eastern Mediterranean region, the Western Pacific, and Africa combined, the organisation said.

"We are, once again, at the epicentre," WHO Europe director Hans Kluge told a press conference.
Kluge noted that the "current pace of transmission across the 53 countries of the European Region is of grave concern."

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