In an interview with the BBC, Hans Kluge, the regional director of the World Health Organization, said that 500,000 new deaths could occur by March, if urgent measures were not taken in Europe, which is experiencing a new wave of infections with the Corona virus. The agency said it was “extremely concerned” about the rise in coronavirus cases.
Kluge said that requiring the use of a mask, for example, would have an immediate effect in containing the infection. The WHO warning comes at a time when many countries are experiencing record rates of infection. Some introduce full or partial closings.
Al Mubasher also says that a number of factors are behind the new wave of coronavirus. The advent of winter, insufficient vaccine coverage and the spread of the delta variant in Europe, which is more transmissible, are some of the reasons. with information from BBC.
He called for an increase in the frequency of vaccinations, the adoption of basic public health measures and the introduction of new treatments to help combat deaths from the disease. “Covid-19 has once again become the leading cause of death in our region,” he told the BBC. “We know what to do (to fight the disease).”
“Before that, there were other means, such as the vaccination permit,” he said. For the director of the World Health Organization, the “permissibility” of vaccination “is not a limitation on freedom, but a tool for preserving individual freedom.”
Austria on Friday (19) became the first European country to announce that vaccination against the coronavirus will become a legal requirement. The new rules take effect in February.