WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris says France, Spain, Britain, the Netherlands and Russia have seen the majority of cases, which have risen by a third in Europe.
“The concern is that intensive care units in hospitals are now starting to fill up with very sick people,” the World Health Organization official warned.
She considers that the effectiveness of the new restrictions imposed in several European countries could be analyzed in just two weeks, due to the “gap”:
“We will see a reduction in cases, but we will not see it overnight,” said Margaret Harris.
We remind you that Belgium is on the verge of a disaster, because a top health official warned that the country could run out of intensive care beds in just two weeks.
The country, with a population of 11.5 million, has reported an average of more than 13,000 cases a day in the past week, according to the national public health institute “Sciensano”.
The Belgian outbreak is the second worst in Europe in terms of new cases per capita, after the Czech Republic.
Belgian coronavirus group spokesman Yves Van Laethem warned that if Belgians do not change their behavior, intensive care units will reach a capacity of 2,000 patients in just two weeks.
France reported 523 new coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours, the highest daily rate since April 22, according to Health Ministry data.
Data released on Tuesday include deaths in hospitals that are reported daily and 235 deaths in nursing homes in the past four days.
The ministry also reported 33,417 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in the past 24 hours – from 26,711 months and 52,010 on Sunday – to a total of 1,198,695.
Compared to last week, on Tuesday, when France reported 20,468 new cases, their number increased by more than 60%.
The Spanish Ministry of Health announced on Tuesday 18,418 new cases of COVID-19 and 267 deaths associated with the new coronavirus in the last 24 hours, informs the EFE agency.
According to published data, throughout Spain 25% of the beds in intensive care units are occupied by COVID-19 patients. The region most affected by the epidemic is still Madrid, followed by Catalonia.
On Sunday, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez decided to establish a state of alert, the equivalent of a state of emergency, for six months throughout Spain, a measure accompanied by a ban on night traffic to try to alleviate the rapid spread of the new coronavirus.
Italy on Tuesday reported 21,994 new cases of SARS-CoV-2 virus infection detected in the last 24 hours, the highest daily balance since the outbreak began in the country, informs Reuters.
According to the Ministry of Health, the number of deaths associated with COVID-19 and recorded in the last 24 hours was 221. It is the first time since mid-May when the daily death toll exceeds 200.
141 deaths had been reported on Monday.
Lombardy, home to Italy, Italy’s financial capital, remains the hardest hit region, reporting 5,035 new cases on Tuesday.
The second most affected region is Campania (south), with 2,761 infections reported on Tuesday.
The United Kingdom also reported an increase in infections on Tuesday, 22,885 from the previous report, compared to 20,890 positive cases on Monday.
Among those tested positive in the last 28 days, 367 deaths were reported, the worst balance since May 27, according to figures released by the government.
So far, the darkest day has been March 30, when 374 deaths have been reported.
The government has recently imposed a number of restrictions depending on the incidence of outbreaks in a particular area.
Only part of the European Union’s population will be able to be immunized against the new coronavirus by 2022, European officials said at an internal meeting, given that the vaccines the EU bloc provides could not be effective or be available in sufficient quantities, Reuters reports.
“There will not be enough doses of COVID-19 vaccines for the entire population before the end of 2021,” a European Commission official told EU diplomats who attended a closed-door meeting on Monday, he said. a person who attended this meeting.
A second European official confirmed this statement to Reuters.
This warning comes despite the fact that the community bloc, with a population of 450 million people, has secured more than a billion doses of potential vaccines against COVID-19 from three major drug manufacturers. The EU is currently negotiating the advance purchase of another billion doses of vaccines from other manufacturers.
There is currently no effective vaccine against COVID-19, but earlier this month the European Commission estimated that the first doses would be available early next year.
Given the limited supply of vaccines, the European Commission has for several months urged European governments to develop vaccination plans that give priority to vulnerable groups and key staff, such as health workers, the elderly and the chronically ill.
But beyond the consensus on the need to vaccinate doctors and nurses, “there is still no common ground on the other groups,” the European Commission official said at Monday’s meeting.
In July, a report agreed by the EU executive and EU governments stated that at least 40% of the EU population should be vaccinated in the first phase.
Some Member States want to reserve vaccine doses for their entire population, with the aim of distributing them by mid-2021.
But a third European official said that this bold goal could only be achieved if the European Union reached supply agreements with at least seven vaccine manufacturers.
So far, the EU has secured doses of potential COVID vaccines developed by AstraZeneca, Sanofi and Johnson & Johnson. The EU is also in talks with Moderna, Pfizer and CureVac.