November 23, 2020

Coronavirus: Europe now epicentre of the pandemic, says WHO

Europe {is now|has become|is currently} the “epicentre” of the global coronavirus pandemic, {the head|the top|the pinnacle} of the World Health Organization says.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged countries {to use|to make use of|to utilize} aggressive measures, community mobilisation and social distancing {to save|to truly save|to save lots of} lives.

“Do {not just|not only|not merely} let this fire burn,” he said.

His comments came as several European countries reported steep rises in infections and deaths. Italy has recorded its highest daily toll yet.

{There were|There have been} 250 deaths recorded {over the past|in the last|within the last} 24 hours, taking {the total|the sum total|the full total} to 1,266, with 17,660 infections overall.

Spain, the worst-affected European country after Italy, reported a 50% jump in fatalities to 120 on Friday. Infections {increased to|risen to|risen up to} 4,231.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez says {a state|a situation|circumstances} of alert {will come|can come|should come} into effect there on Saturday {for two|for 2|for just two} weeks.

 

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