GENEVA: One person is dying from coronavirus every 17 seconds in Europe, the regional head of World Health Organization (WHO), Dr Hans Kluge, has said.
Kluge said this after new COVID-19 cases slowed down last week across Europe to 1.8 million cases, compared with 2 million the week before last.
“It’s a small signal, but it’s a signal nevertheless,” Kluge stated.
More than 80% of countries were reporting high 14-day incidence rates greater than 100 per 100,000 people, Kluge said, with nearly a third recording very high rates of greater than 700 per 100,000.
Looking ahead to the end of the year, Kluge said Christmas would certainly be different, “but that does not mean it cannot be merry”. He noted the success of the recent distanced and online Ramadan and Diwali and said similar solutions could and should be found for Christmas.
Press briefing on #COVID19 in @WHO_Europe region: ✅If we all do our share lockdowns are avoidable. ✅Tech. & pharmaceuticals offer us a new horizon- a hope ✅We must ensure safe learning for our children and make sure they enjoy the festive season 👇https://t.co/UzroVYXzq4— Hans Kluge (@hans_kluge) November 19, 2020