Covid-19: WHO predicts an increase in mortality by spring

Source : 112 Ukraine

The WHO said an increase in mask wearing could immediately help
10:10, 21 November 2021

The Director of the WHO Regional Office for Europe Hans Kluge
International Council of Nurses

The World Health Organization is "very worried" about the spread of Covid-19 in Europe and predicts an increase in deaths from this disease by the spring. This opinion was expressed by the WHO Regional Director for Europe, Dr. Hans Kluge in an interview with BBC. 

"500,000 more deaths could be recorded by March unless urgent action is taken," he warned.

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Dr Kluge said factors like the winter season, insufficient vaccine coverage and the regional dominance of the more transmissible Delta variant were behind the spread.

He called for increased vaccine uptake and the implementation of basic public health measures and new medical treatments to help fight the rise.

"Covid-19 has become once again the number one cause of mortality in our region," he told the BBC, adding "we know what needs to be done" in order to fight the virus.

Dr Kluge said mandatory vaccination measures should be seen as a "last resort" but that it would be "very timely" to have a "legal and societal debate" about the issue.

"Before that, there are other means like the Covid pass," he said, adding that this is "not a restriction of liberty, rather it is a tool to keep our individual freedom."

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