According to the WHO, coronavirus mortality in Europe climbed by 5% in the last week, making it the only region in the globe where COVID-19 deaths have increased. Confirmed cases increased by 6% globally, according to the UN health agency, with rises in the Americas, Europe, and Asia driving the surge.
COVID-19 mortality in all locations other than Europe remained unchanged or reduced last week, according to WHO’s weekly update on the pandemic, which was released late Tuesday. Europe was responsible for 2.1 million of the 3.3 million new cases recorded.
COVID-19 instances increased for the seventh week in a row across the 61 nations that make up WHO’s European area, which runs from Russia to Central Asia.
While roughly 60% of persons in Western Europe have been fully immunized against COVID-19, just about half of those in Eastern Europe have been vaccinated, as officials struggle to overcome widespread vaccination apprehension.
Since July, the number of illnesses across Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia has decreased, according to the WHO.
The WHO has described Europe as the hub of the current pandemic, warning that if urgent measures are not done on the continent, 500,000 more people might die by February.
Austria has tightened limits on unvaccinated people’s movement, the Netherlands and other European countries have restored lockdown measures to try to slow outbreaks, and the United Kingdom has chosen to give booster shots to everyone over the age of 40.