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Europe to Face ‘Terrible Christmas’

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COVID-19 cases are on the rise again in various parts of Europe as the cold weather has affected the spread of the virus.

Governments have imposed new travel restrictions across Europe in a bid to confront the spread of the new coronavirus wave.

In this regard, Czech Republic and Slovakia have issued tight restrictions on the entry of certain travellers.

Germany also imposed new restrictions on unvaccinated people.

Around 60% of people in Western Europe are fully immunised against COVID-19. But only about half as many have received vaccination in Eastern Europe.

The World Health Organization earlier reported that coronavirus deaths in Europe rose 5% in comparison with the start of November.

Europe is the only region in the world where COVID-19 deaths increased.

Alarm Bells Raised

The World Heath Organisation (WHO) warned that Europe could see ‘another half million Covid-19 deaths’ by February.

The rising number of cases of Covid-19 in Europe is of “grave concern” and the region could see another half a million deaths by early next year, the WHO said in a statement issued on Thursday.

With 78 million cases in the WHO’s European region—which spans 53 countries and territories and includes several nations in Central Asia—the cumulative toll now exceeded that of South East Asia, the Eastern Mediterranean region, the Western Pacific, and Africa combined, the organisation said.

“We are, once again, at the epicentre,” WHO Europe director Hans Kluge told a press conference.

Kluge noted that the “current pace of transmission across the 53 countries of the European Region is of grave concern”.

According to “one reliable projection” the current trajectory would mean “another half a million Covid-19 deaths” by February, Kluge added.

Kluge blamed the soaring caseload on “insufficient vaccination coverage” and “the relaxation of public health and social measures”.

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