In Europe, a person dies of Covid-19 every 17 seconds – WHO

A health worker trains at an isolation centre in Bole Chefe, near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 13 February 2020. As part of Ethiopia’s COVID-19 preparedness one isolation and two treatment centres with a total bed capacity of 109 have been established. ..Ethiopia is strengthening surveillance, diagnostics and medical care and public health information in readiness for a potential coronavirus outbreak. The country is a major African airline gateway. Its national airline operates 34 flights a week to China. ..For more see: https://www.afro.who.int/news/ethiopia-stepping-readiness-coronavirus-disease-outbreak..Photo: WHO/Otto Bakano. .
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In Europe, a person dies from coronavirus every 17 seconds.

The regional head of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr Hans Kluge, said this.

He stated that the 53 countries that make up the WHO’s European region have recorded 355,000 deaths. Furthermore, they have recorded more than 15.7m Covid-19 cases, with 4m this month alone.

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However, he said that WHO still believes that strict lockdowns are a last resort measure. This is because of their “significant collateral damage”, including mental health problems, substance abuse and domestic violence. He explained that if mask use reached 95%, lockdowns should not be necessary.

Kluge went on to say that such lockdowns also had a negative impact when they were lifted too fast. This is because strict measures often had to be reimposed. He said that lockdowns are best replaced by tier systems based on local levels of community transmission.