Delta variant: WHO calculated how many people will die from covid in Europe until December

The Delta variant keep going Europe and, in the last two weeks, there was a 10% increase in infections in 33 of the 53 European countries. The World Health Organization (WHO) considered the rebound in covid-19 cases “very worrying” and calculated the pandemic will cause another 236,000 deaths between now and December 1, according to the latest projection.

The WHO attributed the increase in infections to a multiplicity of factors: the greater presence of the Delta variant, more contagious, is compounded by the relaxation of restrictions and increased travel.

“We must be firm in maintaining multiple lines of protection, including vaccination and masks. Vaccines are the way to reopen societies and stabilize economies,” said the director of WHO-Europe, Hans Kluge, who emphasized on Monday. Vaccine application, due to a low vaccination rate still persists in priority groups in some countries of the continent.

In that sense, Kluge pointed out that almost half of the population of the WHO European region has completed vaccination, but regretted that in the last six weeks the process has slowed down due to lack of access to vaccines in some countries and lack of acceptance in others.

The country with the largest number of its population vaccinated with at least one dose is Spain with 78%. They are followed by: France 71%, UK 70%, Italy 70%, and Germany 64%. Globally, the European Union reaches 64% of its population with one applied dose. On this side of the Atlantic, Brazil reaches 62% and Argentina 61%, surpassing the United States which is at 60.6%.

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The epidemiological situation in Europe

Of the 53 countries that make up the WHO European region, 33 registered a 10% increase in incidence in the last 14 days and several are seeing an increase in hospital admissions and deaths, which could rise to 236,000 from here as of December 1, according to the latest projection.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Europe recorded 64 million cases and 1.3 million deaths, according to the latest WHO figures. During the first wave of covid-19; Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom were among the countries hardest hit by the virus.

“There is a clear need to increase production, share doses and improve access to vaccines in Member States to be able to offer a complete series of vaccination to the population,” Kluge said.

The WHO reiterated its call for European governments to open schools so that children can follow face-to-face classes in the next academic year 2021-2022, to which it recommended applying preventive measures to minimize the risk of contagion of coronavirus.

Among the measures the WHO mentions offering teachers and other staff the possibility of being vaccinated, which should also be done by schoolchildren over twelve years of age who suffer from any disease or condition that makes them particularly vulnerable in case of contracting covid-19 .

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