WHO: Europe is the only region with the most COVID-19 infections

WHO: Europe is the only region with the most COVID-19 infections

WHO: Europe is the only region with the most COVID-19 infections

LONDON (AP) – Coronavirus cases rose 7% across Europe in the past week, the only region in the world where they increased, the World Health Organization said.

In its weekly global assessment of the pandemic, published on Tuesday night, the United Nations health agency explained that in the last week around 2.7 million new infections of COVID-19 and more than 46,000 deaths were reported, data similar to those of the previous week. Britain, Russia and Turkey were the worst affected nations.

The largest decline in infections was reported in Africa and the Western Pacific, where they fell by about 18% and 16%, respectively. Deaths from the virus in Africa also fell by around a quarter, despite a notable vaccine shortage on the continent. Other regions such as America and the Middle East reported data similar to those of the previous seven days, the WHO explained.

But for the third week in a row, cases have rebounded in Europe, with nearly 1.3 million newly infected. More than half of the countries in the region reported an increased incidence of the pandemic, the agency noted.

In the last week, Russia has broken its record for deaths and new infections almost daily, while in Britain new cases have soared to levels not seen since mid-July.

Although the head of the British Health Service has urged the government to once again tighten the protocols against COVID-19, including the use of masks and the rapid vaccination of minors, politicians have not yielded to the demand.

In Russia, the authorities have had trouble immunizing the population. Only about 32% of Russians have been vaccinated despite having the Russian formula, Sputnik V. The country has by far the highest death toll from the pandemic in Europe with more than 225,000 deaths.

WHO: Europe is the only region with the most COVID-19 infections

Doctors, wearing special suits against the coronavirus, report on the situation of a patient before treating him, in the intensive care unit of the Moscow city clinical hospital, on October 19, 2021. (AP Photo / Alexander Zemlianichenko)

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