WHO Regional Director concerned over currently seen COVID-19 surge in Europe

Moscow, Sep 17 (Sputnik) World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Europe Hans Kluge expressed on Thursday concerns over the COVID-19 surge in Europe, noting that weekly cases now exceeded those reported during the March peak of the pandemic, which should serve as a “wake-up call.”
“We do have a very serious situation unfolding before us. Weekly cases have now exceeded those reported when the pandemic first peaked in Europe in March,” Kluge said at a briefing.
“Last week, the region’s weekly tally exceeded 300,000 patients. More than half of European countries have reported a greater than 10-percent increase in cases in the past two weeks. Of those, seven countries have seen newly reported cases increase more than two-fold in the same period,” Kluge added.
The WHO official noted that Europe’s stringent public health measures paid off, with June COVID cases hitting all-time low.
“The September case numbers, however, should serve as a wake-up call for all of us. Although these numbers reflect more comprehensive testing, it also shows alarming rates of transmission across the region,” Kluge warned.


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