Coronavirus ‘still has the upper hand,’ warns WHO Europe head
19 June 2021 | 6:28 am
As EU nations ease pandemic-related restrictions amid a decline in new infections, the WHO has stressed that the continent is "not out of the woods" yet and warned of the spread of the more transmissible delta variant.
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