Copenhagen, IAS. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) regional office for Europe said on Wednesday that, based on the current situation, the total number of reported COVID-19 deaths across the continent so far will spring (between February-March) next year. It is estimated to reach more than 22 lakhs till date.

According to the news agency Xinhua, this estimate has been made while the region is still in the grip of the epidemic. The number of reported deaths has risen to 4,200 per day, up from 2,100 per day at the end of September. The regional office said in a statement that the total number of deaths related to Kovid-19 in 53 countries of the region has already crossed the 1.5 million mark. Let us tell you that 53 countries come from Russia to West Asia in the WHO’s Europe region.

Today, COVID-19 is the number one cause of death across Europe and Central Asia, according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. WHO’s predictions for field hospitals are also grim. We expect hospital beds to be difficult to find in 25 countries and that 49 of 53 countries will have high or extreme stress in intensive care units (ICUs) between now and March 1, 2022.

According to the statement, the current wave of infections is the result of three main factors – ‘delta dominant’, then the easing of restrictions and people who have not yet been vaccinated are also one of the reasons.

WHO’s regional director for Europe, Hans Kluge, has called on people in the region to be vigilant and get vaccinated. He said that as we move towards the end of 2021, let us do everything. Let us leave behind alternatives like getting vaccinated and lockdown.

Edited By: Nitin Arora