London: Reviewing the global Covid trends and its future impact, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that Europe might witness further 700,000 deaths due to Covid-19 in Europe by March, taking the overall death toll to above 2.2 million.
WHO said that the total cumulative deaths due to Covid-19 in the 53 countries of the WHO’s European region have already surpassed 1.5 million. The daily rate has been doubling from late September 4,200 a day.
“Cumulative reported deaths are projected to reach over 2.2 million by spring next year, based on current trends, “WHO said. It also added that Covid-19 is not the top regional death cause.
High or extreme stress on intensive care units is expected in 49 out of 53 countries by March 1, it added. Netherlands starting transporting Covid-19 patients across the border to Germany starting Tuesday, due to mounting pressure on the hospitals.
The WHO also said evidence was growing that vaccine-induced protection against infection and mild disease was declining.
“The Covid-19 situation across Europe and Central Asia is very serious. We face a challenging winter ahead,” regional director for WHO Europe, Hans Kluge, said in a statement.
He called for a “vaccine plus” approach, consisting of vaccinations, social distancing, the use of face masks and hand washing.