A top official from the planet Health Organization says Europe has surpassed 1 million deaths from COVID-19 and there fore the situation remains “serious,” regular caser aproximate with about 1.6 million new cases reported hebdomadally within the region.
The comments by Dr. Hans Kluge on Thursday aimed to stress that Europe must continue its guard with social distancing and speed up vaccinations as virus variants drive new infections to record levels in some nations.Overall, a tally by Johns Hopkins University shows nearly 3 million deaths are linked to COVID-19 worldwide -- with America hardest hit, followed by Europe. The us , Brazil and Mexico have reported the very best number of deaths, collectively at quite 1.1 million.
Speaking to reporters during a visit to Greece, Kluge did point to “early signs that transmission could also be slowing across several countries” in WHO’s 53-country European region, which stretches into Central Asia —and cited “declining incidence” among the oldest people.He said the proportion of COVID-19 deaths among people over 80, who are prioritized for vaccines, had dropped to just about 30% — rock bottom level within the pandemic.
Britain especially has seen new infections and COVID-19 deaths drop dramatically since January,to a successful vaccination program and a protracted national lockdown that's only being reversed piecemeal .
Addressing recent concerns about vaccines, Kluge also said the danger of individuals suffering blood clots is way higher for people with COVID-19 than for people that receive AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine.
“Let there be little question about it, the AstraZeneca vaccine is effective in reducing COVID-19 hospitalization and preventing deaths,” he said, adding that WHO recommends its use for all eligible adults.