The official said that in 53 countries that make the European region of the WHO, more than 15.7 million cases have been registered since the pandemic began. That includes four million detected over the last month. More than 355,000 people deceased.
According to Kluge, incidence rates in more than 80 percent of countries have rapidly increased over the last 14 days. Those exceed 100 cases per 100,000 people. In every third country, these figures exceed 700 cases per 100,000 people.
“As a result, we are seeing increasing signals related to overwhelmed health systems,” he said, noting that intensive care wards in France have been at 95%-plus capacity for 10 days and those in Switzerland are at full capacity.
The official added that "stricter measures introduced by governments were starting to show promise, with new weekly cases decreasing from over 2m the week before last to roughly 1.8m last week".
At that, the WHO continues to insist that severe quarantine restrictions must be the last resort due to serious problems they might cause in the society, such as mental health issues, violence in the family and drug abuse. Besides, "if mask use reached 95% lockdowns should not be needed", The Guardian concluded.