WHO warns coronavirus deaths in Europe are expected to get worse – UK deadlier than the US

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New cases of the deadly pandemic are on the rise across Europe with the likes of Spain and France imposing new measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The UK has one of the highest death tolls across the continent after surpassing 40,000.

And now, the WHO has warned, as deaths in Europe approach 225,900, the mortality rate is expected to soar throughout October and November.

Dr Hans Henri P Kluge, WHO regional director for Europe, said: “It’s going to get tougher.

“In October, November, we are going to see more mortality.

“It’s a moment where countries don’t want to hear this bad news, and I understand.

“The outbreak is going to finish, at one moment or another.”

Dr Kluge’s terrifying warning comes after European countries, like Spain, France and the UK, were reported to have more COVID deaths per 100,000 people than the US.

Currently the US has 583.44 deaths per one million, according to the latest WHO report.

Around the world, six of the countries with the highest death rates were reported to be in Europe.

These countries include Spain, Italy, the UK, Belgium, Andorra and San Marino according to latest figures from the WHO.

Between April and July, the seven-day average of daily new deaths in the US mostly decline before increasing through early august.

According to data compiled by the Worldometer, the average daily case count has most declined again through September.

As of Tuesday, Europe was reportedly the deadliest region with 11,718.62 deaths per one million people.

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This marked the highest COVID-19 death toll per capita in the world.

Among EU countries, Belgium has the highest number of deaths per 100,000 people, followed by Spain, UK and Italy.

Throughout April, Belgium’s seven-day average daily new deaths declined before flattening out from early July through to September.

Average daily deaths in Italy have been decreasing since April 1, when it peaked at 809.

The number flattened out from late June to September.

As the UK – who has seen the new fatalities flatten from mid-July – continues to battle against the novel virus, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has imposed new restrictions.

From Monday, groups of no more than six people are allowed to meet indoor or outdoors in a bid to curb the spread of the virus.

Announcing the new measures, Mr Johnson said: “Of course, I don’t feel comfortable about it.

“It breaks my heart to have to insist on these restrictions upon individuals, upon families, grandparents.

“There’s nobody in government who conceivably wants to do this.

“I know over time the rules have become quite complicated and confusing.

“Let me be clear – these measures are not a second national lockdown – the whole point of them is to avoid a second national lockdown.”

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