The World Health Organization (WHO) feared on Tuesday that the resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic in Europe will cause an additional 700,000 deaths between now and March if the current trend continues and raises the total number of deaths to 2.2 million in the region.
As explained by the WHO in a statement “hopefully” intensive care services will come under pressure high or extreme “in 49 of the 53 countries that make up the Europe region between now and March 1, 2022” and that “the accumulated deaths recorded exceed 2.2 million until spring.”
Currently, 1.5 million people have died in the region due to Covid-19.
For the WHO, the increase in cases is explained by the combination of three factors: the virulence of the highly contagious Delta variant, insufficient vaccination and a relaxation of sanitary restrictions.
According to official figures, deaths linked to the coronavirus have doubled since the end of September and they went from 2,100 a day to about 4,200, on average in the Europe region.
The situation in Europe and Central Asia is very serious. We are facing a winter full of challenges, “said WHO Director for Europe, Hans Kluge, calling for prevention measures such as mask use, hygiene and physical distance to be added to the vaccine.
According to the WHO, the use of the mask reduces the incidence of the disease by 53%. If its use were widespread, more than 160,000 deaths could be avoided until March 1, according to the Organization, which also recommended a booster dose of the anticovid vaccine to increase its effectiveness.