WHO: Europe is facing an upsurge in coronavirus cases

WHO: Europe is facing an upsurge in coronavirus cases
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  • calendar-gray 25 June 2020

Europe is facing an upsurge in coronavirus cases, the World Health Organization warned on Thursday, as the disease continued its rampage through the Americas, APA reports quoting AFP.

The WHO said some European health systems risked being overwhelmed, yet officials have continued to rescind restrictive measures designed to combat the virus's spread, with France reopening the Eiffel Tower to tourists for the first time in three months.

However, Europe's current caseload compares favourably with that of the Americas, where Brazil and the United States recorded almost 80,000 infections between them on Wednesday.

While some US states have moved to reimpose restrictions, Brazilian expert Domingos Alves warned that his country was sending people "to the slaughterhouse" by reopening too soon.

Governments are still struggling to balance public health needs of fighting a virus that has infected almost 10 million people and killed almost 500,000 with the damage that lockdown measures are doing to their economies.

The International Monetary Fund is the latest to quantify the economic harm -- predicting that global GDP will plunge by 4.9 percent this year and wipe out $12 trillion over two years.

Until a vaccine or treatment is found, however, experts have warned that restrictions could be the norm.

Several drugs have been tested and the EU gave a boost to the prospects of anti-viral drug remdesivir on Thursday by recommending it for use -- the first treatment to be given the green light in Europe.


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