Daily US Times: The World Health Organization (WHO) has said Europe’s daily Covid deaths rose by nearly 40% compared with the previous week.
WHO spokeswoman Dr. Margaret Harris said Spain, the UK, the Netherlands, France and Russia accounted for the majority of cases which increased by a third.
She warned: “The concern… is that intensive care units in hospitals are now beginning to fill with very ill people.”
Russia reported a daily record of 320 deaths, pushing the total number to 26,589.
There has been a sharp increase in Italy too, where authorities announced 221 fatalities in the past 24 hours. On Tuesday, the total number of fatalities in Austria went above 1,000.
Russia has the world’s fourth-highest number of Covid-19 infection cases after the US, India and Brazil. On Tuesday, it recorded another 16,550 infections alone and authorities have now made the wearing of face-covering compulsory in all crowded places.
Infections in Italy surged to almost 22,000 in the past 24 hours. Officials said testing had also been ramped up. Protests took place in towns and cities across the country on Monday evening against a new round of restrictions.
Doctors have been asked to keep working in Belgium, even if they have the virus, because the health system is in danger of being overwhelmed.
While speaking to the BBC’s World at One programme on Tuesday, the WHO spokeswoman said: “Across the European region we’re seeing an intense and indeed alarming increase in cases and deaths.
She said daily cases rose by a third in Europe compared with the previous week, while daily deaths increased by “close to 40%”.
She warned: “Despite better management of hospital capacity, hospitals in several countries are filling up fast.”
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