The World Health Organisation (WHO) anticipate Europe to witness a spike in the daily count of Covid-19 deaths in October and November, the chief of the body’s European branch told AFP on Monday.
“It is going to get tougher. In October, November, we are going to see more mortality,” WHO Europe Director Hans Kluge said because the continent currently experiences a surge of cases though the count of deaths has remained relatively stable.
The resurgence is however expected to steer a rise in daily deaths, the WHO said.
“It’s a flash where countries don’t need to listen to this bad news, and that I understand,” Kluge told AFP in an interview, stressing that he wanted to send the “positive message” that the pandemic “is getting to finish, at one moment or another”.
The 55-member counties of the WHO Europe are holding a virtual meeting on Monday and Tuesday to debate their response to the new coronavirus and agree on their overall five-year strategy. However, Kluge, based in Copenhagen, raised a warning finger to those who believe that the vaccine development will bring an end to the pandemic. I hear every time that the vaccine is going to end the pandemic, in fact not, the Belgian said.
“We don’t even know if the vaccine is going to help all population groups and also getting some signs now that it will help for one group and not for the other,” he said.
“And then if we’ve to order different vaccines, what a logistical nightmare!
“The end of the pandemic is the moment that we as a community are going to learn how to live with this pandemic and depend on us and that’s a very positive message,” he said.
Recent weeks have witnessed a sharp rise in the number of cases in Europe, especially in Spain and France. On Friday alone, over 51,000 new cases were reported in the 55 countries of the WHO Europe, which is above the highest peak in April, as per the organization.
Since early June, the number of daily deaths remained at the same level with around 400-500 deaths per day linked to Covid-19, WHO data showed