WHO warns of serious Covid-19 situation in Europe

Copenhagen, Apr 15 (EFE).- The Covid-19 situation in Europe remained serious as there is pressure on hospitals from the surge in cases in many countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Thursday.

During a press a conference, WHO Regional Director for Europe Hans Kluge said this comes despite signs of a decline in new infections in some parts of the region.

“There are early signs that transmission may be slowing across several countries, but let me be clear, early signs of decline are not equal to low rates of transmission. Transmission must be driven down to low rates by harnessing out energy and resilience to beat the virus,” Kluge explained.

Kluge defended the safety the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, after cases of rare thrombosis were detected in several countries after the use of the vaccine, saying the risk of people suffering blood clots was much higher for people with Covid-19 than those who receive the vaccine.

“Let there be no doubt about this, the AstraZeneca vaccine is effective at reducing Covid-10 hospitalization and preventing deaths, WHO recommends it to all eligible adults to gain protections from the Sars-Cov-2 virus as quickly as possible,” he added.

Denmark on Wednesday became the first EU country to permanently withdraw the AstraZeneca vaccine from its national rollout.

Kluge said he had spoken with Danish authorities, who were looking into sharing the country’s AstraZeneca stockpile with other EU nations.

Coronavirus deaths in the region have just surpassed 1 million and 1.6 million new infections are recorded each week, according to Kluge.

Kluge pointed out that infections were declining in other parts of Europe due to the vaccination campaign, as rate of coronavirus-related deaths among those aged over 80 has dropped to 30%, the lowest since the pandemic started last year.

Kluge highlighted the importance of carrying on with the vaccination program, which has seen 171 million doses administered in Europe.EFE

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