One other wave of COVID-19 infections could have begun in Europe as instances start to tick up throughout the area, the World Well being Group and European Heart for Illness Prevention and Management (ECDC) mentioned on Wednesday.
“Although we are not where we were one year ago, it is clear that the COVID-19 pandemic is still not over,” WHO’s Europe director, Hans Kluge, and ECDC’s director, Andrea Ammon, mentioned in a joint assertion.
“We are unfortunately seeing indicators rising again in Europe, suggesting that another wave of infections has begun.”
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WHO’s region-wise knowledge confirmed that solely Europe recorded an increase in COVID-19 instances within the week ended Oct. 2, clocking a rise of 8% from the prior week.
Public well being specialists have warned that vaccine fatigue and confusion over obtainable vaccines will seemingly restrict booster uptake within the area.
Tens of millions of individuals throughout Europe stay unvaccinated in opposition to COVID-19, the WHO and ECDC famous.
They urged European international locations to manage each flu and COVID-19 vaccines forward of an anticipated surge in instances of seasonal influenza.
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“There was no time to lose,” the WHO and ECDC mentioned, including that weak teams, together with individuals over 60 years previous, pregnant ladies and people with co-morbidities, ought to get vaccinated in opposition to each influenza and COVID-19.