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W.H.O. Official Warns of a Surge in Virus Cases Across Europe

Hans Kluge, the World Health Organization’s regional director for Europe, warned of a “very serious” resurgence of coronavirus cases across Europe, and emphasized the effectiveness of local lockdowns.

We do have a very serious situation unfolding before us. Weekly cases have now exceeded those reported when the pandemic first reached in Europe in March. Last week, the region’s weekly tally exceeded 300,000 patients. More than half of European countries have reported a greater than 10 percent 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. In the spring and early summer, we were able to see the impact of strict lockdown measures. Our efforts, our sacrifices paid off. In June, cases hit an all-time low. The September case numbers, however, should serve as a wake-up call for all of us. Although these numbers reflect more comprehensive testing, it also shows alarming rates of transmission across the region.

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