WHO warns of possible death of half a million people in Europe from coronavirus

Until March, about 500 thousand more people may die from the coronavirus in Europe, if the countries of the region do not tighten restrictive measures. Director of the European Bureau of the World Health Organization (WHO) Hans Kluge stated this in an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation BBC, Trend reports with reference to Gazeta.ru.

The spread of infection is influenced by factors such as the winter season, inadequate vaccination levels and the regional prevalence of the more contagious “delta” strain, he said.

“COVID-19 has once again become the number one cause of death in our region,” Kluge said.

Mandatory vaccination, he noted, should be seen as a “last resort,” but it would be “very timely” for a “legal and public debate” to take place on the issue. Now, the WHO spokesman emphasized, there are other means of fighting infection, such as COVID passes, which should be perceived not as “a restriction of freedom, but rather a tool to preserve our individual freedom.”




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