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WHO: Europe coronavirus spread worse than in March

Christian Fernsby ▼ | September 17, 2020
A World Health Organization (WHO) official warned that the spread of the novel coronavirus in Europe now is worse than it was in March.
WHO regional director Hans Kluge
Coronavirus spread   WHO regional director Hans Kluge
“In the spring and early summer we were able to see the impact of strict lockdown measures. Our efforts, our sacrifices, paid off. In June cases hit an all-time low,” WHO regional director Hans Kluge said at an online press conference Thursday.

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Europe has reported 300,000 cases in one week, the highest 7-day total since the start of the pandemic. In total, Europe has reported about 4.9 million coronavirus cases and 226,524 deaths.

"We have a very serious situation unfolding before us," Kluge said. "Weekly cases have now exceeded those reported when the pandemic first peaked in Europe in March."

Kluge emphasized that though the rising numbers partially reflect more testing, governments should not reduce their quarantine periods for people who have come into contact with infected individuals.