Police officers check a person's vaccination status during a Christmas market patrol in Vienna, Austria, on November 19, 2021. (AP Photo / Lisa Leutner)

The World Health Organization (WHO) expressed its great concern about the rise in cases of coronavirus on Europe and warned about the possible death of some 500,000 people by March 2022 if governments do not take urgent measures, as revealed to the BBC the regional director of the organization, Hans Kluge.

The manager indicated that the introduction of the use of masks can help immediately, after countries such as Germany and Austria recorded a strong increase in infections.

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Why coronavirus cases are growing in Europe: winter, lack of vaccination and the delta variant

According to Kluge, winter, lack of vaccination and the presence of the delta variant, very contagious, are the factors of this rebound in coronavirus cases in Europe, which is why he called for public health measures and that more people get vaccinated.

“The covid-19 is once again the number one cause of mortality in our region “Kluge told the BBC, adding that “we know what we need to do” to combat this virus.

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In his opinion, the obligation to be vaccinated should be something that is adopted as a “last resort”, since measures such as the use of the covid passport.

Police officers check a person’s vaccination status during a Christmas market patrol in Vienna, Austria, on November 19, 2021. (AP Photo / Lisa Leutner)

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The WHO Europe Director pointed out that these decisions do not imply a restriction of freedom, but they are “a tool to maintain our individual freedom ”.

Austria has become the first European country to announce mandatory vaccination by February 2022, while countries such as the Czech Republic and Slovakia they have communicated new restrictions for people who are not immunized.

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