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Europe hits 60 million coronavirus cases since pandemic's start

There have been more than 1.2 million deaths linked to Covid-19 in the region
Two female employees of a nearby mountain hut receive a vaccination against the coronavirus at the mountain station of the Jenner, 1800 meters above sea level. Excursionists could also spontaneously get vaccinated against the coronavirus here. Photo: Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/dpa
Two female employees of a nearby mountain hut receive a vaccination at the mountain station of the Jenner. Photo: Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/dpa.

More than 60 million coronavirus infections have been registered in Europe since the start of the pandemic, compromising about 30% of all known cases in the world, World Health Organization (WHO) data showed on Monday.

The WHO's European regional office called for greater efforts to make faster and more equitable progress in vaccinating people against Covid-19, noting the wide disparity between some countries.

While vaccination rates in Europe are among the highest in the world, WHO regional emergency director Dorit Nitzan noted that many people who are in priority groups - such as the elderly and health care workers - have yet to receive jabs.

There have been more than 1.2 million deaths linked to Covid-19 in the region. Globally, the number stands at 4.2 million deaths to date, according to WHO tallies.

The WHO counts a total of more than 50 countries as part of the European region, including Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and others.

34.4 million infections

The EU health authority ECDC has so far recorded around 34.4 million infections and more than 740,000 deaths for the 27 EU member states and their partner countries - Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, which are linked in the European Economic Area.

Even within the EU there are disparities in vaccine uptake, with countries like Bulgaria and Romania lagging far behind other member states.

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