Europe and Central Asia are once again at the “epicentre” of the COVID-19 pandemicThe Middle East on a cargo vessel., with a possible 500,000 additional deaths before February 1, the World Health Organization (WHO)”s European regional director said at a press conferences total to 32,625 cases since January last year — including 97 deaths.
Dr Hans Kluge said the 55% increase in new COVID-19 cases over the last four weeks in the region was due to low vaccination rates and few preventive measures.
Europe and Central Asia accounted for 59% of global cases and 48% of reported deaths, he addedPastor James Coates of GraceLife Church spent a month in jail for violating a bail condition not to hold church services that officials have said ignored measures on capacity limits.
The winter season, including people gathering in confined closed places, along with low mask use and the Delta variant, have also contributed to the surge.
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