Europe’s COVID-19 death toll tops 1 million as new cases rise: WHO

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Europe has surpassed 1 million deaths from COVID-19, a top official from the World Health Organization said Thursday.

The grim death toll comes as the 51-country region continues to see 1.6 million new cases of the bug reported each week, according to Dr. Hans Kluge.

Data from Johns Hopkins University shows that nearly 3 million people have died of COVID-19 across the globe, with more than 564,000 in the US. Brazil and Mexico have also been among the hardest hit countries.

Kluge did, however, point to “early signs that transmission may be slowing across several countries” and cited “declining incidence” among older people as vaccines continue to roll out.

COVID deaths among people over 80 have dropped to nearly 30 percent, the lowest in the pandemic, Kluge said.

He also addressed concerns over AstraZeneca’s vaccine and the blood clots linked to it.

“For now, the risk of suffering blood clots is much higher for someone with COVID-19 than for someone who has taken the AstraZeneca vaccine,” he told reporters during a visit to Greece.

“Let there be no doubt about it, the AstraZeneca vaccine is effective in reducing COVID-19 hospitalization and preventing deaths,” he added, saying WHO recommends its use for all eligible adults.

With Post wires

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