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The corona pandemic has once again started to wreak havoc in Europe.

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  • It is the only region in the world where Kovid-19 cases have risen steadily since mid-October.
  • The WHO said there has been an increase of about six percent in cases and deaths from infections globally.
  • Last week there were about 3.6 million cases of infection and 51,000 deaths.

Geneva: The corona pandemic has once again started to wreak havoc in Europe. The World Health Organization (WHO) has said there was an 11 percent increase in corona virus infection cases in Europe last week and it is the only region in the world where Kovid-19 cases have continuously increased since mid-October. The United Nations health agency said in its weekly assessment of the pandemic on Tuesday that there has been a nearly six percent increase in cases and deaths globally. Last week there were about 3.6 million cases of infection and 51,000 deaths.

Dr Hans Kluge, WHO director for Europe, warned that 700,000 more deaths could occur on the continent in spring if precautionary measures are not taken soon. Kluge said: “The European region remains strong in the clutches of the Kovid-19 epidemic.” He called on countries to increase vaccination and follow other measures such as the use of masks and social distancing to avoid the last resort of confinement.

Kluge said that more than 1 billion doses of the vaccine have been administered in the WHO European region that extends to Central Asia. Over the past week, Austria, the Netherlands and Belgium took drastic measures, including partial lockdowns, to halt the rise in coronavirus cases. The death toll in Germany is also expected to exceed 100,000 this week.

The WHO reported that, globally, COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia and West Asia have decreased by 11 percent and nine percent, respectively. The largest reduction in deaths from coronavirus infection in the past week was seen in Africa, where the death rate fell by 30 percent. Since the end of June, the cases began to decrease there.

The WHO said that cases of infection in the US remained stable and the number of deaths increased by about 19 percent. The WHO said the easily spreading delta form remains the dominant form of the corona virus globally.

The WHO said that of the more than 840,000 genome sequencing cases uploaded to publicly available databases last week, about 99.8 percent were delta in nature. Other forms of the coronavirus, including mu, lambda, and gamma, contribute less than one percent. However, genome sequencing of samples in Latin America explains a large proportion of these formats.

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