The World Health Organization (WHO) has said on Thursday that they are concerned of a “serious situation unfolding” as coronavirus cases are soaring.
Dr Hans Henri Kluge the WHO regional director for Europe warned that Europe are seeing “alarming rates” of coronavirus cases since before the pandemic and lockdown’s started in March.
Dr Henri Kluge warned, “We have a very serious situation unfolding before us.
“Weekly cases have now exceeded those reported when the pandemic first peaked in Europe in March.
“Last week, the region’s weekly tally exceeded 300,000 cases. More than half of European countries have reported a greater than 10% 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, they also show alarming rates of transmission across the region.
“While we did see an increase in cases among older age groups, 50 to 64 and 65 to 79-years, in the first week of September, the biggest proportion is still among 25 to 49-year-olds.
“This pandemic has taken so much from us. In Europe 4,893,614 cases of COVID-19 have been recorded and 226,524 deaths.
“This tells only part of the story, the impact on our mental health, economies, livelihoods and society has been monumental.”