WHO warns Europe COVID demise toll might exceed 2.2 million by March, and U.S. warns towards journey to Germany and Denmark
The World Health Organization warned Tuesday that the death toll from the coronavirus-borne disease COVID-19 in Europe could exceed 2 million by March as cases climbed to nearly 4,200 a day, making the disease the number 1 killer on the planet Has become a continent.
Dr. Hans Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe, said Europe needs to take a ‘vaccine plus’ approach to the crisis, which means that people not only need to be vaccinated or a booster dose when it is offered, but also to keep the recommended ones Adhering to public safety measures since the beginning of last year: wearing face masks in public, social distancing or avoiding large indoor gatherings and frequent hand washing.
“Today the COVID-19 situation in Europe and Central Asia is very serious. We are facing a challenging winter, but we should not be hopeless because we all – governments, health authorities, individuals – can take decisive action to stabilize the pandemic, “Kluge said in a statement.
His comments come amid protests in several European countries against new measures to contain the spread of the virus, reintroduced after being dropped when the countries reopened. The Netherlands, Denmark and Norway, for example, told their citizens that they will no longer have to wear face masks when they reopen in public, a move they have now reversed amid a surge in new cases.
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Protesters from Austria to Italy rallied against new Covid-19 restrictions as police and rioters clashed in the Netherlands. The resurgence of infections is forcing some European countries to cut back on public life and require vaccinations. Photo: VLN NIEUWS / EPA-EFE / Shutterstock
Kluge said the highly transmissible Delta variant was to blame, along with easing those very measures that were sending people the wrong message that the pandemic was about to end.
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In recognition of the dire situation in Europe, the US State Department has added Germany and Denmark to its list of countries that Americans should avoid due to COVID-19.
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Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn warned on Monday that “pretty much everyone in Germany … will be vaccinated, cured or dead” by the end of winter.
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The White House, meanwhile, has said the US is unlikely to be locked again, although cases are still increasing by an average of nearly 94,000 a day, according to a New York Times tracker. The death toll continues to average more than 1,000 a day, and more than 50,000 people living in the United States are hospitalized each day.
Since most of those affected are not vaccinated, it is important that this group get their vaccinations. White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeff Zients said at a briefing Monday that 82% of Americans have now received at least one vaccination.
However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s vaccine tracker shows that 196 million Americans are fully vaccinated, which is only 59.2% of the total population. That number has barely increased in weeks and is still below the 70% threshold that experts say is necessary to stop the spread.
Zients said the government managed to meet 95% of its mandate that federal employees will be vaccinated by Monday and 90% have already been vaccinated.
There are growing concerns that trips for the Thanksgiving holiday this week will add another spike in cases.
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Elsewhere, Israel has started vaccinating children aged 5 to 11 with the children’s version of the vaccine developed by Pfizer PFE, -0.48% and German partner BioNTech BNTX, -6.64%,
reported the Times of Israel.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex tested positive for COVID after returning from visiting ministers in Brussels, CNN reported. This means that his Belgian counterpart Alexander de Croo and four other ministers have been quarantined.
India saw the smallest increase in new COVID cases in 543 days on Tuesday, Reuters reported. The improvement has occurred despite huge crowds in recent weeks and is attributed to a high vaccination rate and the presence of antibodies from previous infections.
The global number of coronavirus-borne diseases rose to over 258.4 million on Tuesday, while the death toll rose to over 5.16 million, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The US continues to lead the world with a total of 47.9 million cases and 772,440 deaths.
India ranks second after the US with 34.5 million cases and has suffered 466,147 deaths. Brazil has the second highest death toll with 612,782 and 22 million cases.
In Europe, Russia recorded the most fatalities with 261,526, followed by the UK with 144,414.
China, where the virus was first discovered in late 2019, had 111,011 confirmed cases and 4,809 deaths, according to official figures, which are widely considered to be massively underestimated.