Europe has recorded greater than 2.5 million coronavirus circumstances following a “significant resurgence” after many lockdowns had been lifted, the World Health Organization mentioned Thursday.
“Last week, Europe saw an increase in weekly cases for the first time in months,” the WHO’s regional director for Europe, Hans Kluge, mentioned of alarming information following many countries lifting lockdowns.
“Thirty countries have seen increases in new cumulative cases over the past two weeks,” he mentioned, with out detailing particular examples.
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“In 11 of these countries, accelerated transmission has led to very significant resurgence that if left unchecked will push health systems to the brink once again in Europe,” he warned.
While the continent had earlier gave the impression to be over the worst of the pandemic, there are nonetheless “close to 20,000 new cases and over 700 new deaths daily,” Kluge mentioned.
“For weeks I have spoken about the risk of resurgence as countries adjust measures,” he mentioned of the easing of earlier lockdowns and strict social distancing measures.
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Praising new know-how for serving to tracing efforts, Kluge warned that it had additionally “exposed us to a tsunami of information” and “raised many issues around data protection and privacy.”
“Fundamental human and gender rights must be preserved in digital environments and must not be forgone in times of a pandemic,” he mentioned.
“It is the responsibility of governments to address data ownership, use, consent and protection.”
Almost 9.5 million confirmed circumstances had been reported worldwide as of Thursday morning, with at the very least 483,311 deaths, based on Johns Hopkins University information.