The World Health Organization is very concerned about the infection situation in Europe. Yesterday, the European director of the WHO, Hans Kluge, warned that the death toll could rise – and pass the death toll in March several times, writes CNN.
“Estimates from reliable epidemiological models are not optimistic,” said Kluge.
– These models indicate that with long-term mild guidelines, by January 2021, one can have a daily mortality rate that is four to five times higher than what we registered in April, he continued.
More than in March
During a press conference today, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus followed up on the same concern.
– Last week, the number of reported corona cases in Europe was almost three times higher than during the first peak in March, Tedros stated.
He added that although the number of reported deaths in Europe was lower in Europe than in March, hospital admissions are increasing.
“Many cities report that they will reach their capacity for intensive care in the coming weeks,” said the WHO director.
Assistant Director of Health Espen Nakstad believes that the corona wave we are now seeing in Europe may be more prolonged than the one we had this spring.
– It is the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands and Belgium that have had the strongest increase in infection compared to March, with two to three times as many infected, Nakstad tells Dagbladet.
– Here it is worth noting that the real infection rate is still lower than in March, as testing is higher now, but these countries notice a large influx of covid-19 patients in hospitals, he continues.
Record high infection rates
A record number of new infections are reported in several European countries.
Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy and Poland are countries that have registered record high infections in the last 24 hours, according to NTB.
On Thursday, the health authorities in France reported 30,621 new cases of infection and 88 deaths. The country introduces new and strict restrictions.
Around 20 million French people have been told to stay at home between 21 and 06. The new wave in the country with infection threatens to overload the hospitals, and the danger of a recurrence of what happened in March and April is increasing.
Shot in the air
The authorities in Spain today registered a record 15,186 new corona cases in the last 24 hours, reports NTB.
A new strong wave of infections, in combination with better capacity for corona testing, has meant that corona numbers in Spain have skyrocketed recently.
As many as 11 percent of those who have tested themselves have tested positive. Spain, with a population of 47 million, is approaching a total of one million infected, and is one of the hardest hit countries in Europe.
The new record on Friday comes at the same time as the death toll rises – there were 222 new corona-related deaths on Friday. On Thursday, the number was 140, and a total of over 33,500 Spaniards have lost their lives as a result of the pandemic.
– Apply the brake
Poland has registered 149,903 cases of infection so far in the pandemic, and 8,099 in the last 24 hours, according to figures from the Worldometer. Here, too, the authorities are now taking action and introducing a limited, new closure. Social gatherings are being tightened, restaurants must close at 9 pm and there will be home schooling in upper secondary schools.
More than 70 percent of the country is declared a red zone. It includes Warsaw and several major cities.
– We must step on the brakes, says Minister of Health Adam Niedzielski.
The United Kingdom also reports high infection rates. The country registered 18,980 cases of infection on Thursday.
Kluge in WHO believes that simple measures, such as social distancing and more extensive use of face masks, can save up to 281,000 lives in Europe by 1 February.