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The World Health Organization insists on using a mask during family gatherings at Christmas and New Year in Europe, warning of an “increased risk” of a new wave of the Covid-19 epidemic in early 2021.
“There is an increased risk of a new outbreak in the first weeks and first months of 2021”, given the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic in Europe, according to the European Office of the World Health Organization, which recommends “mask use and observance of measures of social distancing “during the holidays.
“Despite some fragile progress, coronavirus transmission in Europe remains widespread and intense,” the agency said.
The WHO European Area, which includes 53 countries, including Russia, has recorded more than 22 million cases and about 500,000 deaths since the pandemic began, according to the international pandemic monitoring table compiled by the international organization. .
In the last 7 days, about 1.7 million cases and more than 34,500 deaths were recorded.
As Christmas approaches, new restrictive packages are in place today in many European countries to control the alarming level of Covid-19 cases, with the closure of, for example, stores in Germany and pubs and of restaurants in the United Kingdom.