By March, the World Health Organization predicted that 1.7 million people could perish in Europe and significant parts of Asia as a result of Covid.
The World Health Organization’s Europe region has recorded 1.5 million deaths since the beginning of 2015, with no signs of slowing down.
By March 2022, the WHO forecasts that “high or extreme stress” will be commonplace in intensive care units in 50 of the countries.
Austria has reverted to lockdown, and other European nations are weighing additional measures, in the wake of a surge in cases.
Many nations – including France, Germany, and Greece – could soon make booster injections a must for their residents to be considered fully immunized.
Several countries, on the other hand, have seen furious protest against new policies. The Netherlands saw several nights of upheaval as a result of a partial lockdown.
The World Health Organization has named Covid as the most common cause of death in its Europe region.
According to the World Health Organization, there could be more than 2.2 million fatalities before spring 2020 as a result of the current crisis.
Confirmed Covid-related deaths have nearly doubled in the past month, reaching almost 4,200 every day.
In just Russia, the average daily number of fatalities has recently surpassed 1,200.
The WHO further stated that a large number of unvaccinated persons and the Delta variant’s prevalence in certain countries were important reasons for Europe’s high infection rates.
Dr Hans Kluge, the director of the World Health Organization’s Europe office, urged people who had yet to be vaccinated to do so.
“All of us have a duty and responsibility to assist avoid needless tragedy and loss of life during this winter season, as well as limit future societal and economic disruption,” he added.
Unlike the United Kingdom, many areas of Europe maintained severe limitations for much longer.
Many nations in Europe did not fully lift their restrictions until the autumn, and some areas even kept more stringent rules in place while they did so. This was due to a number of factors. The UK was stricken by the more infectious Alpha variant first, then Delta, allowing it to move swiftly ahead in the process.
It was also the result of careful research and analysis conducted by Prof Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance, the country’s top academics.
The logic – which, in addition to the health advantages of eliminating restrictions that themselves cause harm, also addresses the rebound in infection, or exit wave, in the summer – was that it was preferable to have it in the summer.
Because of the better weather, it was expected that the spread of the virus would be slowed by more time spent outdoors, avoiding a winter crunch when demand on the health system rises across the board.