Surge in virus cases in Europe of great concern: WHO

International Desk
15 October 2020, Thu
Published: 05:48 Updated: 10:17

Surge in virus cases in Europe of great concern: WHO

The World Health Organization’s European office said Thursday that the soaring number of Covid-19 cases in Europe was of 'great concern', but that the situation was still better than the peaks in April.

Daily numbers of cases are up, hospital admissions are up, the WHO’s regional director for Europe Hans Kluge told a press conference.

Covid-19 is now the fifth leading cause of deaths and the bar of 1,000 deaths per day has now been reached.

But he said that 'we are not' in the situation experienced in March and April.

Although we record two to three times more cases per day compared to the April peak, we still observe five times fewer deaths, and the doubling time in hospital admissions is still two to three times longer, Kluge said, according to AFP reports.

He said part of the increase could be traced to a higher level of testing among younger people, and the lower mortality could be explained by the virus spreading in younger, less vulnerable groups.

However, Kluge added that if measures against the virus were relaxed, projections showed that by January 2021 mortality levels could be four to five times those recorded in April.