Europe: Coronavirus Cases Reach Almost 1 Million

A woman with a protective facemask walks across the Piazza del Duomo, in front of the Duomo, in central Milan, on February 24, 2020, following security measures taken in northern Italy against the COVID-19 the novel coronavirus. - Italy reported on February 24, 2020 its fourth death from the new coronavirus, an 84-year old man in the northern Lombardy region, as the number of people contracting the virus continued to mount. (Photo by Andreas SOLARO / AFP)
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Europe is in eye of the storm of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the number of cases nearing a million, it should move with extreme caution when considering easing lockdowns, the World Health Organization’s regional director said.

“Case numbers across the region continue to climb. In the past 10 days, the number of cases reported in Europe has nearly doubled to close to 1 million,” the WHO’s European director, Hans Kluge, told reporters in an online briefing.

This meant that about 50% of the global burden of COVID-19 was in Europe, WHO’s European director, Hans Kluge, said. More than 84,000 people in Europe have died in the epidemic, he said.

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