WHO warns that there will be higher mortality from COVID-19 in Europe
The WHO warns that mortality from the new coronavirus in Europe will increase in the immediate future, as many countries are only in the initial stage of the epidemic.
“The outbreak in Italy lasted longer than in other European countries and that is why more patients will be discharged or die. In other European countries that are at the earliest stage of the epidemic, mortality could start to rise in the coming days and weeks, “ said a spokesperson for the World Health Organization.
He also notes that the organization’s experts have not yet been able to specify when the peak of the new virus, known as COVID-19, will occur in Italy, but many of those who died contracted the virus 2-3 weeks ago.
“A sharp increase from three to hundreds of cases in a few days limited Italy’s ability to trace contacts and isolate them. A major problem was that several cases in northern Italy did not have a clear epidemiological relationship. Those who died from COVID-19 were infected on average 2-3 weeks ago, “he said.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned on Friday that Europe has become the “new epicenter” of COVID-19 , with more cases daily than at the worst moment of the pandemic in China.
At the moment, the last European country to be free of the virus is Montenegro. The most affected nation is Italy with more than 15,000 cases, followed by Spain, with more than 4,000 cases, and Germany (more than 3,000), according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
On March 11, the WHO defined the disease COVID-19 as a pandemic, caused by a new coronavirus that began to spread from the Chinese city of Wuhan (southeast) in late 2019.
Throughout the world, there have been more than 169,000 cases of contagion, including more than 6,500 deaths. Some 77,700 people have recovered from the infection.