WHO called on European countries to step up their response to COVID-19
In the context of the discovery of a new variant of SARS-CoV-2, WHO stressed that in Europe – where the rate of infection is large and large, countries need to increase efforts to control and prevent the epidemic.
|People wear masks to prevent COVID-19 infection in the UK, on December 19, 2020. (Photo: AFP / VNA)|
On December 20, World Health Organization (WHO) urges member states in Europe to step up measures to deal with the pandemic, in the context of a new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus detected in the UK, Denmark, the Netherlands and Australia. infection rate up to 70% higher than original strain.
According to WHO, outside the UK, Denmark recorded 9 cases New variant of the virus SARS-CoV-2, The Netherlands has 1 case and Australia has 1 case of this variant.
WHO stressed that in Europe – where the rate of infection is large and large-scale, countries need to increase efforts to control and prevent the epidemic.
On the same day, the Netherlands announced that the country had recorded 13,032 new cases of acute respiratory infections COVID-19 – the highest ever, exceeding the record 12,779 cases recorded on December 17.
The number of new infections in the Netherlands is still increasing, despite new restrictions imposed by the government on December 14, including the closure of schools and shops.
Meanwhile, with 6,312 new infections, Iran recorded the lowest number of new infections per day since October 26.
In the past 24 hours, the country most severely affected by the COVID-19 epidemic in the Middle East had an additional 177 deaths, bringing the total number of people who did not survive to 53,625.
According to Deputy Health Minister Alireza Raisi, the number of new cases in Iran has fallen by 50% per day since stricter restrictions were imposed on November 21.
However, the country’s officials warned that the downward trend of this disease chart could be reversed easily, and advised people to avoid overexposure during Yalda./.