October, November To Be "Tougher" With More COVID-19 Deaths: WHO Europe

The mortality rate is supposed to increase in October, November.

According to The World Health Organization Europe director Hans Kluge, the daily number of Covid-19 deaths will increase in the month of October and November in the continent.

On Friday itself, more than 51,000 new cases were reported in the 55 countries of the WHO Europe, which according to the organization, is more than the highest peak in April. Even though Europe has been facing a number of cases, the mortality rate has been comparatively stable.

Kluge announced in an AFP interview, “It’s a moment where countries don’t want to hear this bad news, and I understand.” He stressed that he wanted to send the “positive message” that the pandemic is “going to finish, at one moment or another.”

More than 50 member states of WHO Europe are holding an online meeting on Monday and Tuesday to discuss their reaction to the new coronavirus and to agree on their overall five-year strategy.

Kluge, however, has warned those who believe that the development of a vaccine will end the pandemic. According to him, the vaccine is not going to help all population groups. He said, “We are getting some signs now that it will help one group and not for the other. And then if we have to order different vaccines, what a logistical nightmare!”

He continued, “The end of the pandemic is the moment that we as a community are going to learn how to live with this pandemic. And it depends on us and that’s a very positive message.”

Incomplete picture

According to Kluge, knowledge of the virus remains imperfect as research progresses, this means decisions should be based on an incomplete picture.

He believes that politics overwrite the scientists in a number of countries whereas there are people doubting the science in other countries, which is very dangerous.

He told that the measures could now be imposed on a more local level stating, “In February we were targeting the society...now we are targeting the virus.”

“If we have a good surveillance system we should be able to control it locally and then in a couple of weeks, relax again,” Kluge said.

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