Europe Covid-19 cases almost at 1 million, coming weeks 'critical': WHO

LONDON (REUTERS) – Europe is currently in eye of the storm of the Covid-19 pandemic, with the number of cases nearing a million, the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) European regional director said on Thursday (April 16).

“Case numbers across the region continue to climb. In the past 10 days, the number of cases reported in Europe has nearly doubled to close to one million,” the WHO’s Hans Kluge told reporters in an online briefing.

This meant that about 50 per cent of the global burden of Covid-19 was in Europe, Mr Kluge said. More than 84,000 people in Europe had died in the epidemic, he said.

“The storm clouds of this pandemic still hang heavily over the European region,” he said. While some countries were entering a period where they may be able to ease restrictions gradually, “there is no fast track back to normal”.

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