The only region in Europe where COVID deaths increased last week: WHO | News about the coronavirus pandemic

The UN health organization has warned that there could be another 500,000 COVID deaths by February unless urgent action is taken on the continent.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that Europe was the only region in the world where the number of COVID deaths increased last week after a 5% increase.

In its weekly report on the pandemic, published on Tuesday, the WHO also said cases rose 6 percent globally, driven by increases in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

The WHO said COVID-19 deaths in all other regions in Europe remained unchanged or fell last week to a total of 50,000 worldwide.

Of the 3.3 million new infections reported, 2.1 million came from Europe.

It was the seventh consecutive week that COVID-19 cases continued to rise in 61 countries that the WHO is counting on its European territory, which extends through Russia to Central Asia.

About 60 percent of people in Western Europe are fully immunized against COVID-19, but only about half of them have been vaccinated in the eastern part of the continent, where authorities are struggling to overcome widespread vaccine hesitation.

According to the WHO, infections have declined in Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia since July.

In Europe, according to the WHO, the highest number of new cases was in Russia, Germany and the United Kingdom. It found an increase of 67% in Norway and 38% in Slovakia.

The Health Agency previously described Europe as a center of ongoing pandemics and warned that there could be another 500,000 deaths by February if no urgent action is taken on the continent.

Last week, Austria imposed strict restrictions on the movement of unvaccinated people, the Netherlands and some other European countries reintroduced restrictive measures, and the UK decided to introduce booster doses for anyone over 40 years of age.

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