Europe struggles with sharp rise in COVID infections despite vaccines

Prime News, International (Brussels), Nov 6:- Europe is once again at the epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic after 1.8 million new cases and 24,000 new deaths have been registered in the region last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.

The transmission rate across the 53 countries of the WHO European Region is of “grave concern” and Europe is now “at another critical point of the resurgence of the pandemic,” Hans Kluge, WHO’s Regional Director for Europe, said on Thursday.

Amid the sharp increase in infections, some countries in the region are now taking new measures to slow the spread of the virus that causes Covid-19, Xinhua news agency reported.

During the past four weeks, the WHO’s European Region has experienced a startling 55-plus per cent increase in new Covid-19 cases, and it now accounts for 59 per cent of all cases globally and 48 per cent of all reported deaths.

Several countries have seen daily infections reach record highs over the past few days. Germany on Friday recorded an all-time high of 37,120 new infections within one day. The country’s seven-day Covid-19 incidence rate rose to 169.9 cases per 100,000 inhabitants from 154.5 cases on Thursday and 139.2 cases one week ago. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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