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‘The situation in India can happen anywhere,’ says WHO Europe director

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The World Health Organization (WHO) said the kind of struggle India was having against a devastating resurgence in Covid cases could happen anywhere in the world, during a briefing on Thursday.

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Hans Kluge, the WHO regional director for Europe, said relaxing measures and allowing mass gatherings should be avoided, especially where vaccination coverage was low and there were contagious variants. The B.1.617 coronavirus variant – thought to be partly responsible for India’s crisis – is now considered a ‘variant of interest’ by the WHO

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