A dramatic rise in new coronavirus cases in Europe has been characterized as a “wake up call” by the World Health Organization’s top official in Europe.
“We have a very serious situation unfolding before us,” WHO’s regional director for Europe, Hans Kluge, said in a press briefing on the epidemiological situation in the region. “Weekly cases have now exceeded those reported when the pandemic first peaked in Europe in March.”
He said that last week, the region’s weekly tally exceeded 300,000 patients.
“More than half of European countries have reported a greater-than-10% increase in cases in the past two weeks. Of those, seven countries have seen newly reported cases increase more than two-fold in the same period,” he added.
Spain, which has the highest number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Europe at 614,360, according to data collated by Johns Hopkins University (JHU), is reportedly set to announce targeted lockdowns in places where the virus is spreading rapidly, and renewed restrictions of movement.
Nigel Bell, Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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