Europe: Coronavirus deaths rise by 40%, WHO says

Protestors in Europe against new Covid-19 measures [photo: Voice of America]

Oct, 28th 2020 – Since the outbreak of coronavirus in December in Wuhan China, countries have battled the virus in many ways including social distancing, masks and sanitation.

However, the World is experiencing a second wave of the virus. Dr. Margaret Harris, World Health Organization says that Spain, France, Netherlands, UK, and Russia account for the majority of cases. “The concern is that intensive care units in Hospitals are now beginning to fill with every ill people.”

There has been a sharp increase in Italy with a total of 221 fatalities in the past 24 hours and Russia recording 320 deaths pushing the tally to 26,589 coming in as the world’s fourth highest number of covid-19 cases after the US, India and Brazil.

Speaking to BBC World, Dr. Harris said, “Across the European region we’re seeing an intense and indeed alarming increase in cases and deaths. Despite better management of hospital capacity, hospitals in several countries are filling up fast.” She also noted that the daily cases have risen by a third compared to the previous week while deaths have increased by 40%.

Dr. Harris explained that the new measures put in place across European nations could only be analyzed in two weeks time. “We will see the reduction in cases, but you don’t see it overnight.”

Speaking on the second wave that is gradually rising, the WHO spokeswoman said, “We’re going to see a different sort of peak. The good news is our hospitals are much better at understanding what’s going on here, but the reverse of that is in gaining that experience they’ve been working incredibly hard for a very long time and they also know that what they are going to face is going to be grim. The other good thing in a sense is that the very large numbers we’re seeing are in groups that ideally won’t progress to the more severe illness, that is the younger groups. But that’s not a guarantee. Those two factors suggest that we may not see the terrible rise in deaths that we saw in April.

According to National figures, Russia has recorded more than 1.5 million infections and 26,589 deaths. Public health watchdog Rospotrebnadzorb said that from Wednesday 28th, face masks will be mandatory in all crowded places including taxis, lifts, car parks and public transport. the regional authorities will have the responsibility for implementing the rules.

Rospotrebnadzor head Anna Popova recommended an overnight curfew for restaurants, bars and other public venues. Efforts in disinfecting public transport, taxis and public spaces have also been recommended.

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