Europe sees ‘alarming rates of transmission’ of COVID-19, WHO warns

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Europe is again seeing “alarming rates of transmission” of the coronavirus — a “wake-up call” to avoid quarantine “fatigue,” the region’s World Health Organization director warned Thursday.

“We have a very serious situation unfolding before us,” warned Hans Kluge, the UN public health group’s regional director for Europe.

“Weekly cases have now exceeded those reported when the pandemic first peaked in Europe in March,” he revealed, noting last week’s tally “exceeded 300,000 patients,” with seven countries seeing cases doubling in the previous two weeks.

“Although these numbers reflect more comprehensive testing, it also shows alarming rates of transmission across the region,” he said.

The rise is a particular blow because the continent previously appeared to be containing the contagion with “strict lockdown measures,” Kluge said.

“Our efforts, our sacrifices, paid off,” he said, heralding the “all-time low” of infections in June.

“The September case numbers, however, should serve as a wake-up call for all of us,” he said.