Fresh lockdowns in Europe are avoidable – WHO official

A woman walks his dog past a closed shop on sale during the second national lockdown as part of the measures to fight a second wave of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nice, France, November 17, 2020

Hans Kluge, the World Health Organization’s Europe director, has said health systems on the continent are being overwhelmed, with one person dying every 17 seconds because of the pandemic. More than 29,000 deaths were recorded in the past week alone.

“Europe is once again the epicentre of the pandemic, together with the United States. There is light at the end of the tunnel but it will be a tough six months,” he told reporters on Thursday.

He also called for universal mask wearing, saying: 

“Mask use is by no means a panacea, and needs to be done in combination with other measures. However, if mask use reached 95%, lockdowns would not be needed.”

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