“Europe is by no means off the hook”

The average daily number of cases is now higher than the first peak in March.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus WHO Director General

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director of the World Health Organization, today spoke at the 70th session of the WHO European Committee, which, for the first time, took place in streaming. During his speech, he stressed that Europe is far from having overcome the coronavirus pandemic, indeed, the daily cases are even more than in March. Ghebreyesus, in fact, explained:

“Europe is by no means off the hook. Many of your countries have been among the hardest hit. The average daily number of cases in the region is now higher than at the first peak in March. Fortunately, the death toll appears to remain at a relatively low level for now. But every death is a tragedy and there can be no room for complacency “

Ghebreyesus even feared the possibility that in the coming months there are still many deaths and that new lockdowns are needed:

“If we don’t keep the broadcast under control, more people will lose their lives and there is a real risk of reintroducing so-called lockdown measures, which have been so costly. Since the start of the pandemic, WHO has worked to support countries in many ways. We have sent missions to several countries in the European region. We have shipped diagnostic equipment and personal protective equipment worth more than $ 330 million to 165 countries, including many European Member States “

Finally, in order not to be too catastrophic, he specified:

“This pandemic will end. But it won’t be the last. We have a shared responsibility, towards our children and our children’s children, to leave them a world better prepared for the next pandemic “

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