Reuters tally: Europe's COVID-19 cases surpass 15 million mark

Remigio Civitarese
Ноября 20, 2020

This was stated by the regional director of the World Health Organization (WHO) for Europe, Hans Kluge, at a press conference, and he added that he was behind his claim that the introduction of quarantine could be avoided and that this was the last resort.

Kluge said 60 percent of people in Europe or less now wear masks, and that if the figure were to reach 95 percent, "lockdowns would not be needed".

Mr Kluge said Europe accounted for 28% of global cases and 26% of deaths.

He also offered a glimmer of hope for those planning to spend the Christmas holiday season with loved ones.

"There have now been over 15.7 million Covid-19 cases, and almost 355,000 deaths reported to the WHO, with over 4 million more cases in November alone in the WHO European region", he said. "The lockdown that we brought in earlier this month is working".

According to reports, in Switzerland, all intensive care units are practically all full even as a French government spokesman said the partial lockdown was unlikely to be lifted.

In France, where people must stay at home except to buy essential goods or exercise for one hour a day, there are signs the national lockdown is working.

Japan has confirmed 120,815 cases overall, including 1913 deaths, according to the health ministry. Czech Republic, Poland, Russia and Ukraine remain among the hardest-hit countries in the sub-region based on the number of cases per capita.

"The virus circulates less than before the lockdown". Europe remains the hardest-hit region with the virus accounting for 46 per cent of new global cases and 49 per cent fatalities, the United Nations health agency informed.

On Thursday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Americans not to travel during the Thanksgiving holiday next week, to mitigate the spread of the virus.

Within the region, Eastern Europe has roughly one-third of total cases in Europe and 24% of deaths in reported in the region.

California Governor Gavin Newsom imposed a stay-at-home order and curfew on social gatherings and other non-essential activities on Thursday, to curb the alarming surge in infections.

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