WHO Europe warns of Covid-29 rise in eastern part of continent

WHO Europe warns of Covid-29 rise in eastern part of continent

The head of the World Health Organization’s Europe office said on Tuesday that health officials are turning their attention to rising rates of Covid-19 infections in Eastern Europe, where six countries, including Russia and Ukraine, have seen the number of cases double in the past two years. Is. Week.

Dr. Hans Kluge said the region of 53 countries, which stretched to the former Soviet republics in Central Asia, now tallied more than 165 million confirmed coronavirus cases and 1.8 million deaths linked to the pandemic – including last week alone Includes 25,000.

“Today, our focus is on the east of the WHO European region,” Kluge said in Russian at a media briefing, pointing to an increase in the highly permeable Omicron variant. “In the past two weeks, COVID-19 cases have more than doubled in six countries in the region (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Russian Federation and Ukraine).

“As predicted, the Omicron wave is moving east: 10 eastern member states have now detected this type,” he said. However, Omicron is lighter than the previous variants and the health care system is not under strain in most countries around the world.

Cluj called for an emphasis on improving vaccination rates, which have lagged behind in Eastern Europe compared to the rest of the region. He said less than 40 people over the age of 60 in Bosnia, Bulgaria, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan have completed a complete COVID-19 vaccine series.

He called on governments and health officials to “closely examine local causes influencing low vaccine demand and acceptance, and to make tailored interventions to urgently increase vaccination rates based on context-specific evidence.” He also said that this is “not the moment to take measures that we know work to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”

Trudeau calls for emergency powers to quell protests

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called for emergency powers on Monday to prevent crippling protests by truck drivers and others angered by Canada’s COVID-19 restrictions, outlining a plan to address not only their rigs, but their banks. Accounts and their livelihood were also attacked. “These blockades are illegal, and if you are still participating, it is time to go home,” he declared.

Invoking Canada’s Emergency Act, which gives the federal government broad powers to restore order, Trudeau refused to use the military. His government instead threatened to tow vehicles to keep essential services running; Freeze personal and corporate bank accounts of truck drivers; And suspend insurance on their rigs.

Trudeau did not say when the new action would begin. But he assured that the emergency measures would be “time-limited, geographically targeted, as well as appropriate and proportionate to the threats they are meant to address.”

The virus has started to increase in Hong Kong

People lie on hospital beds outside Caritas Medical Center in Hong Kong on Tuesday. pic/afp

Hong Kong’s leader said on Tuesday that a surge in coronavirus cases was taking a toll on the city’s emergency resources, but defended tough measures imposed by Chief Executive Carrie Lam, saying the Chinese central government was giving aid to the city, which is a nominally autonomous enclave. “So far, our measures to stop the spread of the disease are valid and valid,” Lam told reporters. “The problem we are facing is given by the intensity, speed and severity of this fifth wave,” Lam said. “It has outlived our potential.”

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Source: WHO/Johns Hopkins

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