Europe is the only region seeing an increase in COVID deaths

Europe is the only region seeing an increase in COVID deaths

London The World Health Organization says coronavirus deaths in Europe rose by 5% last week, making it the only region in the world where COVID-19 deaths have increased. Confirmed cases jumped 6% globally, the United Nations health organization said, driven by increases in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

The World Health Organization, in its weekly epidemic report released late Tuesday, said that Covid-19 deaths in all regions except Europe remained stable or low, totaling 50,000 worldwide last week. Of the 3.3 million new infections reported, 2.1 million came from Europe.

This was the seventh consecutive week that COVID-19 cases continued to rise across the 61 countries the WHO counts in its European region, which stretches through Russia into Central Asia.

While about 60% of people in Western Europe are fully immunized against COVID-19, only about half of them are vaccinated in the eastern part of the continent, where officials struggle to overcome widespread hesitation about vaccines.

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The World Health Organization said infections have been declining in Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia since July.

The World Health Organization said the largest number of new cases within Europe were in Russia, Germany and Britain. It noted that deaths jumped by 67% in Norway and by 38% in Slovakia.

The health agency earlier described Europe as the epicenter of the ongoing pandemic and warned there could be another 500,000 deaths by February if urgent action was not taken on the continent.

Last week, Austria imposed severe restrictions on the movement of unvaccinated people, the Netherlands and some other European countries reintroduced lockdown measures to try to slow infection, and the United Kingdom decided to roll out booster doses for all people over 40.

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