The World Health Organization (WHO) branch of the United Nations confirmed that there are 3 factors that help increase the transmission of the Coronavirus and the high number of cases in the European region.
The UN organization cited these factors and said it was “firstly the dominance of the highly transmissible ‘Delta variable’ – no country reported more than 1% of any other variable.”
Secondly, in recent months, many countries in Europe have indicated that COVID-19 is no longer an emerging threat, and these countries have eased measures taken against the deadly virus such as wearing facial masks and physical distancing in crowded or closed areas.
Now the weather is getting colder as autumn progresses and people are gathering inside.
The third factor that increases the infection with COVID-19 is that many people have not been vaccinated yet, and the vaccine’s protection against mild infections and diseases is waning, so many people remain vulnerable to contracting the virus.
The UN organization stated that there are steps that must be followed to reduce the transmission of the virus.
Dr. Hans-Henri Kluge, WHO Regional Director for the European Region, said that as the end of 2021 approaches, every effort must be made, through vaccination and personal protection measures, to avoid the last resort of closures and school closures.
He explained that experience has been bitter, with wide-ranging economic consequences and a widespread negative impact on mental health, facilitating interpersonal violence and harming children’s well-being and education.
Dr. Kluge went on to say that today the situation of COVID-19 across Europe and Central Asia has become extremely grave. We are facing a challenging winter, but hope should not be abandoned – because all governments, health authorities, and individuals – can take decisive action to control the pandemic.”
According to the UN, more than one billion doses of the vaccine have been provided in the European region.