WHO calls on Europe to 'do more' to combat mutated COVID-19 strain


Published: 2021-01-07 14:36

Last Updated: 2021-05-16 12:30

Photo: NDTV
Photo: NDTV

 The regional administration of the World Health Organization called on European countrie Thursday to 'make more' efforts in the face of 'an alarming situation' due to the spread of a mutated strain of coronavirus, the most contagious in the region.

The director of the European branch of the World Health Organization, Hans Kluge, said during a press conference held virtually, "These basic measures, which we all know, must be strengthened, with the aim of reducing the rate of infection transmission, relieving the burden of burdened health services and saving lives."

He explained that it is important to create mask mandates, limit the number of people in social gatherings, respect physical distancing and wash hands, and integrate these measures with appropriate examination and tracking systems and isolate people infected with the virus."

The World Health Organization reported that 22 countries in the European region, including Russia, have recorded cases associated with this mutated virus.

According to the organization's monitoring table, Europe, which has been severely affected by the pandemic, has recorded more than 27.6 million infections and 603,000 deaths from the virus.