Coronavirus cases are rising in several countries around the globe with many scientific and medical experts claiming second peaks are hitting. Israel became the first country in the world to announce a second national coronavirus lockdown in response to soaring infection and death rates. And it’s not the only country suffering from a rise in cases.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has said Europe is likely to see an increase in COVID-19 cases over the next few months.
The virus is surging in many countries and some that had apparent success in suppressing initial outbreaks are also seeing infections rise once again.
The WHO’s Europe director said: “It’s going to get tougher. In October, November, we are going to see more mortality.”
The news came as the WHO and 55 European member states began a two-day online meeting to discuss their response to the pandemic.
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A broader five-year strategy will also be discussed during this online discussion, but the health body emphasised the situation will worsen across Europe before it improves.
Mr Kluge added: “I hear the whole time: ‘The vaccine is going to be the end of the pandemic.’ Of course not!
“We don’t even know if the vaccine is going to help all population groups. We are getting some signs now that it will help for one group and not for the other.
“And then if we have to order different vaccines, what a logistical nightmare!
“The end of the pandemic is the moment that we as a community are going to learn how to live with this pandemic. And it depends on us and that’s a very positive message.”
Are coronavirus cases really rising in the UK?
Coronavirus has hit the UK hard with the British economy plunging into recession for the first time in a decade and the deadly virus killing more than 40,000 people.
England faced Europe highest excess death levels during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Sunday, September 13, 3,330 new coronavirus cases were reported, bringing the total number of cases to 368,504.
The viral hotbed regions in the UK have changed greatly since the beginning of the outbreak.
At the start of the pandemic, London reported the most significant number of coronavirus cases and the highest rate of cases.
However, since that time, the virus has spread across the country and now the following areas are subject to local lockdown measures: Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull, Bolton, Caerphilly in Wales, Belfast and Ballymena in Northern Ireland, Parts of Greater Manchester, East Lancashire, Preston and West Yorkshire, Western Scotland including Glasgow City, East Renfrewshire, Lanarkshire and West Dunbartonshire and Leicester.
Case rates were highest in the North West and Yorkshire and Humber int he week to September 6, according to the latest Public Health England Weekly Coronavirus Disease surveillance report.
The incident levels were highest in Bolton and the following regions were included in the PHE’s watchlist:
- Blackburn with Darwen