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‘We need to get back to the basics’- WHO European director Dr. Hans Kluge in response to a 9% increase in cases over the past week in Europe.

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On Thursday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that the number of new cases of coronavirus increased by 9% over the past week in Europe, after a six- week decline.

WHO regional director, Dr. Hans Kluge said that more than 1 million cases have been found over the past week in Europe. He said that the resurgence of the virus was mostly seen in Central and Eastern Europe, but some countries in Western Europe also saw an increase in cases.

This brought a promising six-week decline in new cases to an end, with more than half of our region seeing increasing numbers of new infections.

Dr. Hans Kluge.

Dr. Klugg said that it is imperative that more measures are enforced, and improved testing and isolation of cases. He also said that ‘pandemic fatigue’ must be countered, and vaccines must be administered at a faster rate.

The European Union started Russian vaccine Sputnik V, the first important step in gaining approval for the vaccine use in Europe.

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