The World Well being Organisation (WHO) expects Europe to see an increase within the day by day variety of Covid-19 deaths in October and November, the top of the physique’s European department instructed AFP on Monday.
“It’s going to get tougher. In October, November, we are going to see more mortality,” WHO Europe Director Hans Kluge stated, because the continent at present experiences a surge of instances although the variety of deaths has remained comparatively steady.
The resurgence is nonetheless anticipated to result in a rise in day by day deaths, the WHO stated.
“It’s a moment where countries don’t want to hear this bad news, and I understand,” Kluge instructed AFP in an interview, stressing that he wished to ship the “positive message” that the pandemic “is going to finish, at one moment or another”.
The WHO Europe’s 55-member states are holding an internet assembly on Monday and Tuesday to debate their response to the brand new coronavirus and agree on their general five-year technique.
Nevertheless Kluge, based mostly in Copenhagen, raised a warning finger to those that imagine that the event of a vaccine will carry an finish to the pandemic.
“I hear the whole time: ‘The vaccine is going to be the end of the pandemic’. Of course not!” the Belgian stated.
“We don’t even know if the vaccine is going to help all population groups. We are getting some signs now that it will help for one group and not for the other,” he stated.
“After which if we’ve to order completely different vaccines, what a logistical nightmare!
“The end of the pandemic is the moment that we as a community are going to learn how to live with this pandemic. And it depends on us and that’s a very positive message,” he stated.
The variety of instances in Europe has risen sharply in latest weeks, particularly in Spain and France. On Friday alone, greater than 51,000 new instances have been reported within the 55 nations of the WHO Europe, which is greater than the best peak in April, based on the organisation.
In the meantime, the variety of day by day deaths has remained at across the identical degree since early June, with round 400-500 deaths per day linked to Covid-19, WHO information confirmed.