Published: Sat, November 21, 2020

One person dies from COVID-19 every 17 seconds in Europe

One person dies from COVID-19 every 17 seconds in Europe

He explained that if mask use reached 95%, lockdowns should not be necessary.

The U.S. leads the world with 11.7 million cases and more than 252,000 deaths.

"Europe accounts for 28 percent of global cases, and 26 percent of deaths cumulatively in the region", Hans Kluge, WHO's European regional director, said Thursday, The Telegraph reported. Since mask use was only 60 percent, lockdowns were considered essential in light of recent circumstances.

But he warned countries against putting political gain ahead of lives by lifting restrictions too soon.

The WHO regional director for Europe said that primary schools should remain open and added that children and adolescents are not the initiators of the spread of the coronavirus and that closing schools is not efficient, Reuters reports. He said that lockdowns are best replaced by tier systems based on local levels of community transmission. Last week it accounted for 46 per cent of the new global cases and 49 per cent of the deaths, the United Nations health agency's weekly epidemiological update showed.

Worldwide, more than 1.3 million people have died of Covid-19 and over 55 million have been infected with the virus since it first surfaced in China late past year, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP.


Virologist Steven Van Gucht, from the Belgian government's Sciensano health group, said the daily average of deaths in the country now stood at 185 people, a 5% decrease compared to the average a week ago.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has sought the federal government's approval to shut down city markets, which are likely hotspots for the virus. France has the highest number of Covid-19 infections, with cases standing at 2,115,717.

The previous high for new cases was 1723 on November 14.

The Alpine country counted over 6,000 new cases over the last day, down from a peak of more than 10,000 daily cases in October.

In the wake of the second coronavirus surge, European countries are facing a spike, imposing lockdowns which are unpopular among citizens.

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