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WHO expert says 'sad' to see COVID-19 cases rising in Europe

GENEVA, Oct 9 (Reuters) - The World Health Organization’s top emergencies expert said on Friday it was “sad” to see the number of COVID-19 cases rising again in Europe, and that governments must take decisive action to shut down transmission of the virus.

“There are no new answers. We know what we need to do,” Mike Ryan told a news briefing in Geneva, adding that Europe must be very careful with mass gatherings.

The WHO reported a record one-day increase in global coronavirus cases on Thursday, with the total rising by 338,779 in 24 hours led by a surge of infections in Europe, which is now reporting more cases than India, Brazil or the United States. (Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay and Emma Farge; Editing by Alex Richardson)