The World Health Organization claims that Europe and the United States once again find themselves in the very heart of the coronavirus pandemic.
Hans Kluge, the head of the European regional bureau of the WHO reported that on a press conference. According to him, there's still "light at the end of the tunnel, but we're going to have tough six months", he said.
Though the organization claims that the incidence in Europe has recently decreased for the first time in three months, the death rate among the infected is actually growing.
Intensive care wards in Italy and Switzerland are overloaded. The number of hospitalizations in Italy has doubled since early November; 33,000 people are now seeking treatment at hospitals all over the country. There are not enough qualified doctors who could work in the intensive care units. In Switzerland, doctors confirmed 285,655 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. 3,799 people died, and 180,700 recovered.
In Portugal, the government gets ready to extend the state emergency imposed last week. 236,015 people got sick since the pandemic began; 3,632 deceased.
Hungary also embraced the state of emergency and recently extended in until February 2021. 161,461 cases have been registered there since the beginning of the pandemic; 3,472 people passed away.
The U.S. witnessed 256,254 deaths from Covid-19 since the pandemic reached this country.
The total number of cases detected worldwide exceeded 56,000. 36,112,267 recovered, and 1,348,600 deceased.