Speaking at a press conference, WHO Regional Director for Europe Hans Kluge expressed optimism but remained vigilant about the progress of the epidemic in Europe. According to him, the number of COVID-19 cases is on the rise in 18 of the 53 countries and territories in the European region according to the WHO division. “The countries where we have seen an increase in particular are the UK, Ireland, Greece, Cyprus, France, Italy and Germany,” he said.
According to Kluge, the reason for the increase in cases may be that the stealthy variant of Omicron is more contagious, but not as dangerous as other variants. In addition, the fact that some European countries are too strong in lifting epidemic prevention restrictions is also the cause of this situation.
According to the WHO database, the number of new COVID-19 cases in Europe has fallen sharply from the peak recorded at the end of January, but is now on the rise again since the beginning of March. In 7 days Over the past time, more than 5.1 million new cases and 12,496 deaths from COVID-19 have been recorded in the European region according to the WHO division, bringing the total number of cases since the beginning of the epidemic season so far to nearly 194, 4 million cases and the number of deaths to more than 1.92 million cases.
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