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Coronavirus: Europe may experience death rate increase

On Monday the head of the World Health Organization’s European branch stated Europe may experience an increase in its daily coronavirus death rate within the period October – November as cases rise across the continent, as DW reports.

The number of cases in Europe has risen sharply in recent weeks, especially the situation has worsened in Spain and France. On Friday, more than 51,000 new cases were reported in the 55 countries of the WHO Europe.

Up to date, the rate of daily deaths across the continent has remained “stable” since early June. It was around 400 to 500 deaths per day caused by COVID-19 according to WHO data.

“It’s a moment where countries don’t want to hear this bad news, and I understand,” Kluge told the AFP news agency on Monday.

While Kluge told AFP he wanted to send the “positive message” that the pandemic “is going to finish at one moment or another,” he stressed that this would not be through a vaccine. 

“We don’t even know if the vaccine is going to help all population groups. We are getting some signs now that it will help for one group and not for another,” he said.

“The end of the pandemic is the moment that we as a community are going to learn how to live with this pandemic,” added Kluge.

Kluge’s comments come as WHO Europe launches an online discussion on Monday and Tuesday. The 53 WHO Europe regional member states are holding discussions of their response to the new coronavirus and are set to agree on their overall five-year strategy.

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