Covid in Europe: WHO warns of ‘alarming’ spread across continent

Last week’s tally of new reported cases higher than it was in the week of 30 March

The World Health Organization has warned of “alarming” transmission rates of Covid-19 in Europe, saying weekly reported cases were now higher than during the pandemic’s peak and “a very serious situation” was unfolding across the continent.

As France’s health minister warned of a “worrying rise” in intensive care admissions in some parts of the country and authorities from Madrid to Dublin weighed their next steps, the WHO’s regional director for Europe, Hans Kluge, said last week’s seven-day tally of new cases on the continent was 305,054, against 264,675 in the week of 30 March.

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