700,000 Europeans could die from Covid by March due to ferocious fourth wave, World Health Organization warns

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  • World Health Organization bosses said Europe’s Covid death toll was 1.5 million
  • He warned that this could rise to 2.2 million by March in the midst of a brutal fourth wave.
  • This suggests the continent is experiencing a slightly better winter than it was last year

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The World Health Organization warned today that another 700,000 Europeans could die from Covid this winter.

WHO officials suggested the continent’s death toll had risen from 1.5 million to 2.2 million by March amid a brutal fourth wave.

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The figure includes 53 countries in Europe, including EU member states, the UK, Kazakhstan and Russia.

If this prediction is correct, it means that winter weather in Europe is only slightly better than it was last year, while vaccines are now widely available.

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Bodies are already ‘piling up’ in hospital wards in Romania, with the morgue in Bucharest’s main hospital now almost three times more capacity.

The WHO said the new wave of the Indian ‘delta’ variant, vaccine skepticism and relaxed Covid restrictions were to blame for its dismal prediction.

About 66 percent of people in the European Union are already double-jabbed, and many countries are now introducing booster doses.

Rising cases have sent many countries back into lockdown and tighter restrictions to contain the spread of the virus.

Liberal schools in Germany whose adherents believe the challenge to cure diseases naturally have been blamed for worsening outbreaks in the country’s southern regions.

It comes after a boss at AstraZeneca suggested that hospitalizations in Europe are rising because unlike the UK, it was slow to roll out their jab for older age groups.

But scientists say Europe’s fresh wave is likely due to several other reasons, including a slower booster roll out, longer lockdowns in the summer and shorter vaccine dosing intervals.

In a sign of growing distress, the Netherlands today began moving Covid patients to Germany to help ease pressure on its hospitals.

The graph above shows daily COVID cases per million people in several countries in Europe

And this graph shows the cumulative deaths per million people in selected European countries.  This suggests that Belgium, Italy and Poland have a higher proportion of Covid deaths than the UK

And this graph shows the cumulative deaths per million people in selected European countries. This suggests that Belgium, Italy and Poland have a higher proportion of Covid deaths than the UK

WHO officials said Covid deaths in Europe had already doubled since September to about 4,200 per day.

And that the virus was now the leading cause of death on the continent, citing a report from the US-based Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

Its regional director for Europe, Dr Hans Kluge, called on European countries to adopt a ‘vaccine plus’ approach and introduce more restrictions, including face masks, social distancing and regular hand washing.

Netherlands sent Kovid patients to Germany

The Netherlands has started moving Covid patients to Germany to ease pressure on its hospitals.

A patient with the virus was taken by ambulance 150 miles from Rotterdam to Bochum in Rhine-Westphalia, local health officials said this morning.

And one second had to be shifted later today.

Of the 1,050 intensive care beds, some 488 are currently being used by COVID patients.

Hospitals are already reducing routine services for cancer patients and heart operations.

And a third of operating theaters have been closed to make way for intensive care beds.

After treating dozens during the previous waves of the pandemic, German hospitals have so far offered 20 beds for patients from the Netherlands.

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He added: ‘As we approach the end of 2021, let’s do everything we can to avoid lockdowns and school closures as a last resort, by taking immunizations and personal protection measures.

‘We know through bitter experience that these have broad economic consequences and have widespread negative effects on mental health, promote interpersonal violence and are detrimental to children’s well-being and learning.’

Our World in Data – an Oxford University-based research platform – says that Europe has recorded 1.38 million deaths so far.

The UK has the second highest number on the continent at 144,000, with the highest number recorded in Russia at 256,000.

But when deaths by population are considered – which experts say is a better comparison – the UK falls to 13th place, with a rate of 2,116 deaths per million people.

Belgium (2,283.9) and Italy (2,205.3) both have more virus deaths per million people than the UK.

During this CNN Journalists visited the morgue at Budapest University Hospital this week and found corridors piled with bodies of dead Covid patients.

The morgue has a capacity of 15 bodies, but on the day the journalists attended, 41 reached the hospital, almost every bed in the hospital’s extended Covid ward was also filled.

Nurse Claudeau Ionita, who spoke to the outlet, said: ‘I never thought there could be such a catastrophe, that we would send entire families to their graves.’

Romania was one of the first EU countries to battle the winter wave of Covid due to its low vaccination rate, which is just 37 percent.

Only one country – Bulgaria – has a lower double-jewel rate, at 25 percent.

This forced the government to impose a night-time curfew and make Covid health passes mandatory for access to all indoor spaces, with Interior Minister Rayad Arafat at the time saying the country was in a ‘state of disaster’.

‘We are in this situation while being vaccinated, because most of us refused to be vaccinated. This situation could have been avoided,’ he said angrily.

In European countries such as Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and France, the number of patients in intensive care with COVID is increasing and is rising to levels not seen since the beginning of the year.  In comparison, the number of patients requiring intensive care in the UK is decreasing

In European countries such as Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and France, the number of patients in intensive care with COVID is increasing and is rising to levels not seen since the beginning of the year. In comparison, the number of patients requiring intensive care in the UK is decreasing

Covid deaths are still very low during the first and second wave of infections in Europe, but are beginning to rise rapidly in countries with low infection rates

Covid deaths are still very low during the first and second wave of infections in Europe, but…

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