Significant drop in COVID deaths among Europe’s elderly - WHO | Daily News

Significant drop in COVID deaths among Europe’s elderly - WHO

GREECE: The share of COVID-19 related deaths in Europe among those over the age of 80 has reached the lowest level since the start of the pandemic, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

The trend could possibly be attributed to the rollout of vaccines among high-risk groups, according to Hans Kluge, the WHO regional director for Europe.

“Over the past two months the trend among people more than 80 years of age has diverged from the trend seen in every other age group,” Kluge told a news conference in Athens.

Kluge noted that the group now accounted for close to 30 percent of COVID-19 related deaths.

In mid-January, the figure hit a peak of 62 percent, WHO Europe said.

The WHO’s European chapter, which recently described the situation as “more worrying than we have seen in several months”, also said they now saw “early signs that transmission may be slowing across several countries.”

But Kluge still urged caution, noting that on average 160 new cases were reported every minute.

“Signs of decline are not equal to low rates of transmission,” Kluge emphasised, and stressed the importance of the rollout of the vaccine.

The WHO’s European region comprises 53 countries and territories and includes Russia and several Central Asian nations. - AFP