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WHO calls for more intensified measures to fight UK coronavirus variant

January 7, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has called on European countries to intensify coronavirus measures as the region deals with a new variant that was first detected in the UK.

(CNN)The World Health Organization (WHO) has called on European countries to intensify coronavirus measures as the region deals with a new variant that was first detected in the UK.

WHO Europe director Hans Kluge said Thursday that further measures were needed to "flatten the steep vertical line" of rising cases in some countries.

Kluge, speaking during a news briefing, said the UK variant has now been detected in 22 countries across the WHO European region.

"It is our assessment that this variant of concern may, over time, replace other circulating lineages as seen in the United Kingdom, and increasingly in Denmark," Kluge said.

"With increased transmissibility and similar disease severity, the variant does, however, raise alarm: without increased control to slow its spread, there will be an increased impact on already stressed and pressurized health facilities. "

"This is an alarming situation, which means that for a short period of time we need to do more than we have done and to intensify the public health and social measures to be certain we can flatten the steep vertical line in some countries," Kluge added.

Kluge then urged countries "to mitigate this burden by doing all they can to reduce transmission and increase vigilance to identify any new variants. "

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