“Last week we passed one million confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in the WHO European Region.
“The situation in our region is serious: 1.6 million new cases are reported every week. That’s 9,500 people per hour, 160 people per minute, ”said Hans Henri P Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe.
Kluge said that thanks to the rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations, the number of new infections was declining in people over the age of 80, but it was the only group to counter the rising trend in infections.
It is particularly concerned at the growing number of hospitalizations which is pushing the health care systems of some countries to extremes.
Following reports of a few rare blood clots linked to two vaccines, he said the risk of a clot was higher with COVID-19 infection, therefore the WHO recommends continuing to use the AstraZeneca jab .
Meanwhile, the WHO said it was closely monitoring reports of the Johnson & Johnson jab “and will release its findings in due course.”
It found that around 171 million doses of seven different injections were given, meaning that almost 13% of the European population received one dose and 6% received both doses.
Kluge was in the Greek capital to open the Athens office for quality of care in order to “meet the needs of countries in the south-eastern part of the WHO European Region and the Mediterranean basin, with a focus on assistance. technical support and leadership in quality of care. and patient safety ”. (dpa / NAN)
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