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WHO Warns of Surge in European COVID-19 Deaths in Coming Months

WHO Warns of Surge in European COVID-19 Deaths in Coming Months

GENEVA – The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned the European countries to expect an increase in deaths from the coronavirus in October and November. Daily COVID-19 infections in France remain among the highest in Europe, with the latest figure of 7,000 down from the historic high of 10,561 the day before.
“This is a time when countries don’t want to hear bad news, but it’s going to get more difficult,” said Hans Kluge, European director of the World Health Organization (WHO).
“In October, November, we’re going to see more deaths in Europe.”
The continent is amid a resurgence in COVID-19 cases, with France and Spain setting new records in recent days, although the number of deaths has remained relatively stable.
The French Public Health Agency announced on Sunday 7,186 new confirmed cases, with 66 new clusters identified.
Playtime is over ”: French doctors demand the ban of COVID-19 on private gatherings, daily COVID-19 infections in France exceed 10,000 for the first time.
WHO’s 55 European member states are due to hold their first-ever Regional Committee for Europe online, # RC70Europe, on Monday and Tuesday to discuss their response to COVID-19 and agree on their comprehensive five-year strategy.
Kluge cautioned against relying on vaccine development to end the pandemic.
“I hear all the time: ‘the vaccine is going to be the end of the pandemic.’ Of course not!” he said. “We don’t even know if the vaccine will help all population groups. We are now seeing signs that it will help one group and not the other.”
French doctors have published an open letter in which they urge the population to be more vigilant and to avoid private gatherings between friends and families.
They gave the example of the English city of Birmingham, which banned family reunions.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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