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Europe sees winter COVID-19 surge Updated: 2021-11-11 17:21:51 KST

Europe is gearing up to battle the climb in infections.
According to a WHO report on Wednesday, during the first week of November more than 60 percent of the 3.1-million COVID-19 cases reported worldwide were from Europe.

"Right now, we are seeing increases where we shouldn't be There has been more than 55 percent increase in cases over the last four weeks in Europe. Where there is ample supply of vaccines, where there is ample supply of tools."

Mike Ryan, head of WHO's Emergencies Programme, said earlier that the combination of eased social distancing measures and the drop in temperatures might be feeding into the virus.
Hans Kluge, a senior WHO official warned that Europe has once again become the hotbed of the coronavirus and that 500-thousand more COVID deaths may occur by next February.
Countries in Europe are taking different approaches to curb the surge.

“I have concluded that all those working in the NHS and social care will have to be vaccinated. We must avoid preventable harm and protect patients in the NHS, protect colleagues in the NHS and of course, protect the NHS itself.”

England has also expanded its vaccination campaign to children as young as 12 and its booster campaign to everyone aged 50 and over.
France, meanwhile, has extended its use of vaccine passes to the end of next July.
And from the 15th of December, people will need proof of a booster shot to extend the validity of their health passes.
Switzerland, which has a comparably low vaccination rate, is also employing aggressive tactics to encourage vaccinations.
It launched a 'National Vaccination Week' and has invested 105 million U.S. dollars on mobile vaccination units, information campaigns, and series of events to help people get their jabs.
Kim Yeon-seung, Arirang News
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