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Europe: Highest number of Covid cases and deaths, says WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) is concerned about the escalating coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic in Europe. The United Nations’ health agency said on Wednesday that Europe had the highest number of cases and deaths due to the viral disease in the previous week, with a double-digit percentage increase in both.

The United Nations (UN) health agency also reported that new infections in Europe, which stretches as far east as former Soviet republics in Central Asia, increased by 18% in the previous week, marking the region’s fourth consecutive weekly increase.

The WHO, on the other hand, reported a 14 percent increase in Covid-19-related deaths in Europe in its weekly epidemiological report, according to the Associated Press.

Covid-19 has wreaked havoc on the United Kingdom, Russia, and Ukraine, among others.

According to the WHO’s weekly epidemiological report, the United States had 513,000 cases in the previous week, followed by the United Kingdom (330,000) and Russia (nearly 250,000).

Covid-19 cases are increasing in both the United Kingdom and Russia on a daily basis. While Russia will take a paid week off from October 30 to November 7 to combat the spread of Covid-19, the British government has decided not to impose any restrictions at this time.

According to the Associated Press, the WHO also stated that other European countries such as Ukraine, Bulgaria, Moldova, and Romania, among others, had some of the highest Covid infection rates per 100,000 people in the previous week.

What are the reasons for Europe’s Covid-19 resurgence?

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that a number of factors are contributing to the increased spread of the coronavirus disease in Europe, including low vaccination rates in some East European countries.

Ukraine, an eastern European country, has only vaccinated seven million of its 41 million people. According to a report published by Al Jazeera last week, only 36% of Russia’s population has received a single dose of vaccine.

Meanwhile, the recent lifting of lockdown and other Covid restrictions, including travel restrictions by many European countries to boost tourism, is contributing to an increase in cases and deaths across the continent.

“More social gathering indoors after lifting restrictions just as winter sets in is driving a rise in cases in many countries across Europe,” WHO emergency director Mike Ryan told Al-Jazeera last week.

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