UN company’s regional information present solely Europe with a rise in coronavirus circumstances within the week that ended October 2 as infections rose 8 p.c from the week earlier than.
A brand new wave of COVID-19 circumstances seems to be spreading in Europe, the World Well being Group (WHO) and the European Centre for Illness Prevention and Management (ECDC) say.
WHO’s regional information confirmed that solely Europe recorded an increase in COVID-19 circumstances within the week that ended October 2, clocking a rise of 8 p.c from the week earlier than.
“Though we aren’t the place we had been one 12 months in the past, it’s clear that the COVID-19 pandemic remains to be not over,” the WHO’s Europe director, Hans Kluge, and the ECDC’s director, Andrea Ammon, mentioned in a joint assertion on Wednesday
“We’re sadly seeing indicators rising once more in Europe, suggesting that one other wave of infections has begun,” they mentioned.
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The WHO and ECDC famous that hundreds of thousands of individuals throughout Europe have but to be vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19. They urged European nations to manage each flu and COVID-19 vaccines forward of an anticipated surge in circumstances of seasonal influenza.
“The potential co-circulation of COVID-19 and seasonal influenza will put susceptible folks at elevated threat of extreme sickness and demise, with the probability of elevated strain on each hospitals and healthcare staff, already exhausted from nearly three years on the entrance strains of the pandemic,” they mentioned.
“There was no time to lose,” they mentioned, including that susceptible teams corresponding to pregnant ladies, folks over 60 and people with co-morbidities, ought to get vaccinated in opposition to each influenza and the coronavirus.
Final week a well being official in France mentioned the nation had entered an eighth wave of the virus.
“Sure, we’re on this eighth wave,” mentioned Brigitte Autran, who’s a member of the federal government’s vaccination strategic board. “All the indications are on the up.”
France’s COVID-19 figures printed on October 3 confirmed that the seven-day common of each day new circumstances had reached 45,631, its highest stage since August 2.
The ECDC and WHO Europe issued their warning after WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus mentioned in September that COVID-19 circumstances had dropped dramatically within the week of September 4, hitting their lowest quantity since March 2020 when the pandemic started. He had mentioned the “finish is in sight”.
However, Tedros urged nations to maintain up their efforts in opposition to the virus, which has killed greater than six million folks and contaminated greater than 606 million worldwide.
Final month, the European Union’s drug company mentioned fully new COVID-19 variants may emerge this winter, however current vaccines ought to shield folks from critical sickness and demise.