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WHO warns of tougher October, November in Europe with more Covid-19 deaths

The World Health Organisation (WHO)  has warned about Europe to see a rise in the daily number of COVID-19 deaths in October and November.

Europe witnessed a sharp increase in coronavirus positive cases in recent weeks, especially in Spain and France.

WHO Europe director Hans Kluge shared the statement while talking to the news agency  AFP on Monday.

It’s going to get tougher. In October, November, we are going to see more mortality,” he said, as the continent currently experiences a surge of cases though the number of deaths has remained relatively stable.

The resurgence is however expected to lead to an increase in daily deaths, the WHO said.

“It’s a moment where countries don’t want to hear this bad news, and I understand,” Mr. Kluge further added,  stressing that he wanted to send the “positive message” that the pandemic “is going to finish, at one moment or another.”

As being reported, The WHO Europe’s 55 member states are holding an online meeting on Monday and Tuesday to discuss their response to the new coronavirus and agree on their overall five-year strategy.

Kluge, who is based in Copenhagen, has sent a warning to those who believe that the development of a vaccine will bring an end to the pandemic.

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“I hear the whole time: ‘the vaccine is going to be the end of the pandemic’. Of course not!,” the Belgian said.

“We don’t even know if the vaccine is going to help all population groups. We are getting some signs now that it will help for one group and not for the other,” he said.

And then if we have to order different vaccines, what a logistical nightmare!”

“The end of the pandemic is the moment that we as a community are going to learn how to live with this pandemic. And it depends on us and that’s a very positive message,” he said.

According to WHO, earlier on friday alone, more than 51,000 new cases were reported in the 55 countries of the WHO Europe, which is more than the highest peak in April.

Meanwhile, WHO data shows the number of daily deaths has remained at around the same level since early June, with around 400-500 deaths per day related to COVID-19.

Saman Siddiqui

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