Europe now epicentre of coronavirus pandemic – WHO

Europe is now the “epicentre” of the coronavirus pandemic, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

With the spike in cases being reported everyday in Europe that there were reported in China at the height of the pandemic, the head of WHO, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has disclosed that Europe has become the “epicentre” of the coronavirus.

Europe now epicentre of coronavirus pandemic - WHO

Europe has also reported more cases and deaths that the rest of the world combined, excluding China.

“Europe has now become the epicentre of the pandemic, with more reported cases and deaths than the rest of the world combined, apart from China,” he said.

“More cases are now being reported every day than were reported in China at the height of its epidemic.”

“Our message to countries continues to be: you must take a comprehensive approach. Not testing alone, not contact tracing alone, not quarantine alone, not social distancing alone – do it all,” he said.

“Any countries that look at the experience of other countries with large epidemics and thinks ‘that won’t happen to us’ is making a deadly mistake – it can happen to any country.”

Italy has recorded its highest daily infections and deaths toll yet. There were 250 deaths recorded over the past 24 hours, taking the total to 1,266, with 17,660 infections overall.

Spain, the worst-affected European country after Italy, reported a 50% jump in fatalities to 120 on Friday. Infections increased to 4,231.

France has now confirmed 2,876 cases and 79 deaths, up from a total of 61 deaths on Thursday.

Germany has seen 3,062 cases and five deaths. There have been 798 confirmed infections in the UK and 11 deaths.

More than 132,500 people have been diagnosed with Coronavirus Covid-19 in 123 countries around the world, according to the WHO.

The total number of deaths has reached about 5,000 – a figure Dr Tedros described as “a tragic milestone”.

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