The World Health Organization expects the daily number of Covid-19 deaths in Europe to rise in October and November, the head of the European branch of the AFP said on Monday.
“It’s getting tougher. We’ll see more mortality in October and November,” said Hans Kluge, WHO director for Europe, as the continent is currently seeing an increase in cases, although deaths have remained relatively stable.
However, the resurgence is expected to lead to an increase in daily deaths, the WHO said.
“It’s a moment when countries don’t want to hear this bad news and I get it,” Kluge told AFP in an interview, stressing that he wanted to send the “positive message” that the pandemic “will end at one minute.” or someone else. “
The 55 WHO member states in Europe will hold an online meeting on Monday and Tuesday to discuss their response to the new coronavirus and agree on their overall five-year strategy.
However, the Copenhagen-based Kluge warned those who believe that developing a vaccine will end the pandemic.
“I keep hearing: ‘The vaccine will be the end of the pandemic’. Of course not!” Said the Belgian.
“We don’t even know if the vaccine will help all populations. We’re getting some indications now that it will help for one group rather than the other,” he said.
“And when we have to order different vaccines, what a logistical nightmare!”
“The end of the pandemic is the moment when we as a community will learn to deal with this pandemic. And it depends on us and that’s a very positive message,” he said.
The number of cases in Europe has risen sharply in recent weeks, particularly in Spain and France. On Friday alone, more than 51,000 new cases were reported in WHO’s 55 countries in Europe. According to the organization, this is more than the highest peak in April.
Meanwhile, the number of daily deaths has remained roughly the same since the beginning of June. According to the WHO, there are around 400 to 500 deaths per day related to Covid-19.
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