WHO is worried about very significant resurgence in European COVID-19 cases

WHO European director Hans Kluge

Healthcare systems could be "pushed to the brink" in Europe following the first continent-wide rise in coronavirus cases in months, a top World Health Organisation official warned on Thursday. Regional director Dr Hans Kluge said that there have been "very significant resurgences" in coronavirus infections in 11 European countries, which he did not name.

"For weeks, I have spoken about the risk of resurgence as countries adjust measures," Dr Kluge told reporters in a virtual press conference.  WHO figures show the European region recording 20,000 new coronavirus cases and more than 700 deaths linked to the virus each day.

The region covers 54 countries, including the Middle East and Central Asia. More than 2.6 million infections have been reported overall, with around 195,000 deaths.

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