WHO warns about 'serious' situation in Europe with coronavirus cases higher than March
The number of weekly coronavirus cases in Europe has exceeded those during the first peak in March, triggering a grave warning from a health chief.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) warned of a "very serious" situation in Europe, where the weekly tally was more than 300,000 Covid-19 patients last week.
Amid second waves in countries such as Spain and France, Dr Hans Kluge, WHO's Europe chief, said more than half of European countries have reported a greater than 10% increase in cases in the past two weeks.
Of those, seven countries have seen the number of new cases double over the same period, he added.
Strict lockdown measures resulted in a drop in infections - with an "all-time low" in June - but restrictions have been eased and cases have since been rapidly increasing in countries such as the UK, France and Spain.
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Dr Kluge, a Belgian physician and surgeon, said: "We have a very serious situation unfolding before us.
"Weekly cases have now exceeded those reported when the pandemic first peaked in Europe in March.
"More than half of European countries have reported a greater than 10 per cent increase in cases in the past two weeks.
"Of those, seven countries have seen newly reported cases increase more than two-fold in the same period."
He added: "In the spring and early summer we were able to see the impact of strict lockdown measures. Our efforts, our sacrifices, paid off.
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