WHO Reminds Corona Death Alarm in Europe, This Is How Scary

Jakarta, CNBC IndonesiaThe spike in Covid-19 infections in Europe has become a serious concern for the World Health Organization or WHO. This time, the Swiss-based agency said that 500 thousand lives on the Blue Continent would be threatened by Covid if the countries on the continent did not take serious tightening measures.

WHO Europe director, Dr Hans Kluge, said he was very concerned about a new wave of infections that had spread across the continent and led countries to announce new restrictions.

Covid-19 is once again the number one cause of death in our region,” he told the BBC. “We know what needs to be done to fight this disease.”

Last week, Europe recorded nearly 2 million infections. This figure is also accompanied by an additional 27,000 deaths.

This increase has led several countries to implement the latest lockdown measures. Austria will go into full lockdown starting next Monday and this policy will also be followed by the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

In Germany, Health Minister Jens Spahn said the situation in the country was a “national emergency” and would not rule out another national lockdown. Currently, it has closed the Christmas market in the Bavarian region.

Even so, resistance to strict lockdown measures is back. In the Netherlands, major riots began to break out on Saturday (20/11/2021). This is the second day of demonstrations that have taken place together in a number of cities, against social restrictions amid rising cases in the country.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that this surge in Europe was due to the total opening that had previously been implemented while vaccination rates had not yet reached the target.

“This is another reminder, as we have said many times, that vaccines do not replace the need for other preventive measures,” Tedros said.

“The vaccine reduces the risk of hospitalization, severe illness and death, but does not completely prevent transmission.”

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