Another wave of COVID-19 infections may have begun in Europe as cases begin to tick up across the region, the World Health Organization (WHO) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said last Wednesday. www.medscape.com/viewarticle/982296?src=wnl_edit_tpal&uac=398271FG&impID=4751294&faf=1
“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, said in a joint statement.
WHO’s region-wise data showed that only Europe recorded a rise in COVID-19 cases in the week ended October 2, clocking an increase of 8% from the prior week.
Public health experts have warned that vaccine fatigue and confusion over available vaccines will likely limit booster uptake in the region.
Millions of people across Europe remain unvaccinated against COVID-19, the WHO and ECDC noted.
They urged European countries to administer both flu and COVID-19 vaccines ahead of an expected surge in cases of seasonal influenza.
Lalita Panicker is consulting editor, views, Hindustan Times, New Delhi