WHO fears difficult corona autumn and winter in Europe

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Faced with rapidly rising infection rates, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Europe office anticipates a challenging corona situation in autumn and winter.

We are clearly in a similar situation to last summer, WHO Europe Regional Director Hans Kluge said Tuesday in Copenhagen. He said the problem is only now driven by the omicron sublines BA.2 and BA.5, which are more transmissible than the previous ones.

Corona’s situation worsens due to travelers returning and the start of school
As the number of cases rises, one also observes an increase in hospital admissions. This is also already the case in Austria. Kluge explained that this situation would worsen when the new school year begins, travelers return from vacation, and people will gather indoors more often again as the weather gets colder.

Number of new Corona infections triples in the past six weeks
According to Kluge, the number of new Corona cases in the WHO Europe Region, which has a total of 53 countries, has tripled in the past six weeks. He said that almost three million new infections had been reported in the past week alone, representing nearly half of all new infections worldwide.

WHO-Europe urges governments to prepare for autumn
Kluge warned that governments and health authorities need to act now to prepare for the months ahead, including pandemic surveillance. He said that it would be too late if they waited until the fall.

The Belgian revealed that he had been ill with Corona two weeks ago for the first time. He spent three terrible days and nights with a high fever, chills, and shortness of breath.

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