WHO warns against growing infection in Europe. The worst affected is the Czech Republic, on Thursday with over 8,000 corona patients in hospital.
The World Health Organization (WHO) warns of increasing infection in Europe.
– Last week, the number of new cases of covid-19 increased by 9 percent and ended up at just over 1 million, WHO’s European Director Hans Kluge said at a press conference on Thursday.
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– Six weeks of promising decline
– It was the end of six weeks with a promising decline in infection rates in Europe, he pointed out.
There are now more infected in half of the countries in the region. The WHO Europe Office also covers the former Soviet republics.
– We see an increase in Central and Eastern Europe, and we see an increase in new cases also in parts of Western Europe where the infection was already high, he continued.
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Insider numbers are highest in the Czech Republic, San Marino and Estonia. In all these countries, there are more than 1,000 new cases of infection per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days.
The Czech Republic has so far registered 1,284,288 cases of infection (15,088 new last days) and 21,128 coronary-related deaths, according to national statistics.
The same statistics show that on Thursday, 8231 corona patients receive treatment in Czech hospitals. The country is now seeking foreign aid.
Germany, Poland and Switzerland have already offered to treat patients in their hospitals. Poland is said to have offered around 200 hospital beds.
Hard pressure on the health care system
Kluge pointed out that hospitals and health workers are under great pressure.
“One year into the pandemic, our health care system should not be in this situation,” said Kluge, listing the countermeasures that the WHO is now asking the authorities in European countries to implement, including increased vigilance for virus variants with increased infectivity, an escalation of infection tracing work and rapid quarantine measures.
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