Europe has once more become the epicenter of all things European. COVID-19Pandemics, World Health Organization warningOn Wednesday, the European coronavirus death rate rose by 10% in the last week.

The European region was the only one of the WHO’s six regions where cases and deaths had risen, with the other world regions staying stable or decreasing.

Coronavirus in Europe is getting worse over the past few weeks. These new numbers were made as U.S. opened their borders Monday to allow tourists from many other countries. This was the first open border in almost a year.

WHO statistics show that there is a drop in both deaths and cases across the Americas. According to the WHO, there has been a 33% drop in cases and 15% decline in deaths in the United States.

But despite the declining trend in the U.S., Dr. Hans Kluge, the WHO’s regional director for Europe, told CBS News on Monday that Americans should be paying close attention to what’s happening in Europe. Although different nations have implemented different strategies for managing coronavirus, all countries are still suffering from it.

France, Spain and Denmark have high rates of vaccinations. The U.K. is focusing more on booster shots for seniors as their immunity wanes. There is a lot of trouble with the delta variant, which can be transmitted easily, due to increased travel, loosening restrictions and schools being reopened.

Countries such as Germany have seen a stagnation in the number of people getting vaccinated.

Germany is experiencing record case numbersThis week saw nearly 40k new cases on Wednesday. Different restrictions exist in the different areas of the country, and there is resistance at national levels to enforcing vaccine mandates. But the vaccination rate is leveling out, with about 67% of Germany’s population of 83 million fully vaccinated, and the holdouts firm in their resistance.

Eastern European countries are struggling with vaccine hesitancy as the delta variant moves through the population ― a “pandemic of the unvaccinated,” to use a phraseOfficials from the U.S. Government.

Romania has both hospitals and morgues. overwhelmedAs a result, health authorities have become frustrated with vaccine hesitancy. The country’s rate of fully vaccination is about 40% ― far lower than the European Union’s average of 75%, or America’s56.2%

Romania ― a country of 19 million people ― has been reporting some of the highest death rates in Europe, with 591 deaths on Nov. 2. Over 90% of those who died weren’t vaccinated.

Kluge advised Americans to pay attention to these developments and learn from Europe. “We need to keep pressure on the virus, not surrendering on masks, the hand-washing, indoor ventilation — particularly in the schools,” he said

As for measures to combat the virus, “the earlier, the stricter, the better,” he said.

For the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays coming up in the U.S., Kluge said Americans should celebrate safely, but “vaccinate and ventilate.”


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