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Covid19 death toll in Europe could reach 22 lakh by 2022: WHO

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  • The death toll has risen to 4,200 a day, up from 2,100 a day at the end of September.
  • WHO Regional Director for Europe Hans Kluge asks people to be vigilant and get vaccinated

Copenhagen: The World Health Organization (WHO) regional office for Europe said Wednesday that the number of coronavirus deaths across the continent is projected to exceed 2.2 million by spring next year, based on current trends. The estimate comes as the region is hit by the pandemic and the death toll has risen to 4,200 a day, up from 2,100 a day at the end of September, the Xinhua news agency reported.

The regional office said in a statement that the number of crown-related deaths in 53 countries in the region has already passed the 1.5 million mark. According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, “the coronavirus is the leading cause of death today in Europe and Central Asia.” The WHO projections for field hospitals are also disappointing.

The WHO regional director for Europe, Hans Kluge, asked the inhabitants of the region to be vigilant and vaccinated “since we can all take decisive measures to stabilize the pandemic.” “Now that the year 2021 is coming to an end, let’s take personal protection measures by immunizing ourselves and avoiding school closings and lockdowns as a last resort,” he said.

Kluge also urged people to take the ‘vaccine plus approach,’ which means receiving the standard dose of vaccine, taking a booster if offered, as well as incorporating preventive measures into our normal routine. “Wearing a mask, washing hands , maintaining physical distance are simple and effective ways to avoid the virus.

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