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It occurs when the number of coronavirus cases in Europe has increased for almost six consecutive weeks, with daily deaths increasing for more than seven weeks.
Official country data compiled by AFP shows 250,000 new confirmed cases and 3,600 per day in the outlined period.
Hans Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe, said at a press conference on Thursday: “The current speed of delivery across the 53 countries of the European region is a major concern.”
Britain, although leaving the EU, is part of the European region.
Mr Kluge blamed the growing cases for “insufficient vaccine coverage” and “the relaxation of public health and social media”.
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WHO’s Hans Kluge has warned that Europe is “back at the epicenter” of the pandemic.
Only 47 percent of eligible citizens in the European region were fully beaten, he said, with the lowest vaccinations in the Baltics, the Balkans and Central and Eastern Europe.
He said it was time to “change our tactics”.
Instead of “reacting to waves of COVID-19” he urged governments to work to “prevent them from happening in the first place”.
Describing locks as an “absolute last resort,” he suggested that “preventative measures” were the key to not having to go into additional ones this winter.
They “do not deprive people of freedom,” he added. “They make sure of it.”
The pandemic is not over, stressed a WHO chief, calling for preventive measures
Mr Kluge warned that according to “one reliable projection”, as things stand now, we could be in a bad position in early 2022.
“If we stay on this trajectory, we could see an additional half a million COVID-19 deaths in Europe and Central Asia by February 1 next year.”
The UK drug regulator today gave approval for the first pill designed to treat symptomatic Covid.
The tablet, molnupiravir, will be given twice a day to vulnerable patients recently diagnosed with coronavirus.
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The head of the WHO attributed the current situation largely to “insufficient vaccine coverage”
Health Secretary Sajid Javid, calling the treatment a “switch”, said: “Today is a historic day for our country, as the UK is now the first country in the world to approve an antivirus that can be taken home for Covid.”
The UK has bought almost half a million courses of the antiviral pill, which was originally developed to treat the flu.
Merck, who co-developed a soft drink with Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, warned that the drug only provided a 50 percent reduction in hospitalization and death during the trials, and stressed that patients had to take it early enough for it to be effective.
Chief executive Robert Davis said the authorization was a major achievement for the company: “Following Merck’s unwavering mission to save and improve lives, we will continue to move with rigor and urgency to bring soft tissue to patients around the world as quickly as possible. “
Sajid Javid celebrated the approval of molnupiravir and called the drug a “changer”.
British health authorities have emphasized that the pill is not a substitute for vaccination.
45,752,487 citizens received two doses of the vaccine and 8,652,842 also received their boost.
However, according to official government daily figures, 41,299 coronavirus cases and 217 deaths were reported in the UK on Wednesday.
It compares with 43,941 cases and 207 deaths on the same day last week.
The latest count shows that 9,517 people are in hospital with coronavirus, compared to 6,468 a month ago.
While some leaders have called for some Covid restrictions to be reintroduced, i.e., to move from plan A to plan B, Downing Street claims the focus is on “making sure we get boosts to those who are eligible”.
Total deaths within four weeks after a positive test are 141,181 since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.