June 30, 2022 22:25
Today, Thursday, the World Health Organization revealed worrying expectations about the emerging corona virus in Europe this summer.
The organization said it expected “high levels” of Covid-19 disease on the European continent and called for close monitoring of the virus, after the number of daily cases tripled a month ago.
“With countries across Europe lifting the social measures that were imposed, the virus will spread at high levels during the summer,” said Hans Kluge, director of the organization’s European branch.
“The virus will not go away just because countries stop monitoring it,” he said, in a written statement. “It continues to infect individuals, continues to mutate, and remains lethal.”
As a result of the new “PA.5” sub-mutant of the Omicron strain, the number of cases in the 50 countries of the World Health Organization’s European region approached 500,000 per day this week, after it was about 150,000 per day one month ago, at the end of last May, according to for the general information of the organization.
After recording about four to five thousand deaths per day during much of the winter, the number of deaths currently remains at a low level of about 500, the level recorded in the summer of 2020.
Almost all European countries are recording an increase in the number of cases, with the largest number of infections detected in Portugal, Luxembourg, France, Greece, Cyprus, Germany and Austria.
“We hope that the intensive vaccination programs implemented by most member states in addition to previous infections will avoid the most serious consequences that we saw previously with the outbreak of the pandemic,” Kluge said.
“However, our recommendations remain valid,” he added.
And the World Health Organization called on Europeans to continue to isolate themselves if they develop respiratory symptoms, to ensure that their vaccines are renewed, and to put masks in crowded places.
“We must continue to track the virus, because otherwise it will expose us more and more to ignorance of the ways of transmission and mutation,” the health official explained.
Kluge also called on Member States to enhance the level of vaccination among their populations.
“This will ensure high immunity in the population, and the choices that are taken to reduce risks to the elderly are essential to prevent additional deaths this summer,” he stressed.
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