With the increase in the number of daily cases of Covid-19, particularly in Spain and France, the WHO predicts and fears an increase in mortality this fall in Europe. The coming months of October and November promise to be “more difficult” in the face of the epidemic.
The World Health Organization (WHO) expects an increase in the number of deaths from Covid-19 in Europe, said the head of its European branch to AFP. “It will become more difficult. In October and November, we will see a higher mortality rate,” Hans Kluge told AFP in an interview, as the number of registered cases increases in the Old Continent, but with the number of deaths per day, for the moment, stable. According to the WHO, this increase in the number of deaths per day will be the result of the resurgence of cases due to the resumption of the epidemic in Europe.
“We are at a time when countries do not want to hear this kind of bad news, and I understand that,” said the head of its European branch, which nevertheless wanted to send “the positive message” that the pandemic “will stop, at one time or another.
The vaccine will not mark the end of the pandemic
The UN official based in Copenhagen warned those who think that the end of the epidemic will coincide with the development of a vaccine, which is still underway.
“I keep hearing, ‘the vaccine will be the end of the epidemic, of course not! exclaimed Mr. Kluge. We don’t even know if the vaccine will be effective in all populations. Some of the signs we are getting are that it will be effective for some but not for others,” the Belgian doctor stressed. “And if, as a result, we have to order different vaccines, what a logistical nightmare “, Kluge also warned.
“The end of this pandemic will be when we, as a community, have learned to live with it. And that depends on us. This is a very positive message,” he said.
The number of coronavirus cases in Europe has increased considerably in recent weeks, particularly in Spain and France. On Friday alone, more than 50,000 new cases were recorded in the European countries, more than the peaks observed in April, according to public data from the WHO. At the same time, the number of daily deaths remains for the moment at the level observed since the beginning of June, around 400 to 500 deaths related to Covid-19, according to the same source.