By Matthew Roscoe •
Updated: 12 May 2022 • 14:45
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The Covid pandemic has sadly claimed millions of lives around the world and the health organisation, which recently revised deaths as a result of the virus to 15 million for 2020-2021, stated that a ‘devastating milestone’ had now been passed in Europe.
“A devastating milestone has passed as reported confirmed COVID-19 deaths from countries in the WHO European Region have exceeded more than 2 million people,” the UN health agency says in a statement.
The announcement comes after new estimates from WHO show that the full death toll associated directly or indirectly with the COVID-19 pandemic between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2021 was approximately 14.9 million.
However, despite the number of deaths, Europe remains the most vaccinated against the virus in the over 60s age group, according to a WHO doctor.
Dr Maria Van Kerkhove said on Thursday, May 12 that in “Europe only 14 per cent of people over 60 are not vaccinated but that goes up and up until you get to Africa where 74 per cent of people over 60 are not vaccinated.
“If you look at even in the Americas, 28 per cent of people over 60 have not had a full course of vaccination. In the Eastern Mediterranean region, 22 per cent,” she said.
When questioned on whether Covid was still circulating, Dr Kerkhove, speaking at a live Q&A session regarding the pandemic, said: “Last week, we had about 3.5 million cases reported in the last seven days and over 12,000 deaths.
“That’s still far too high a number, given that we have tools that can save people’s lives. So, while we do see a general decline in cases and deaths, with cases we are not as confident in terms of our understanding of the circulation because there’s been a significant drop in testing and significant changes in testing policies around the world.
“But, still, with 3.5 million reported cases, that’s quite a high volume of just reported and we know that’s an underestimate,” she concluded.
Despite the number of cases and deaths as a result of Covid across the world, North Korea announced its first-ever case of the virus on Thursday, May 12, leading to the country’s top officials declaring a ‘severe national emergency incident’.
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Originally from the UK, Matthew is based on the Costa Blanca and is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news. Got a news story you want to share? Then get in touch at email@example.com.
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