The World Health Organization on Thursday urged Europeans to journey responsibly through the summer season vacation season and warned the continent was “by no means out of danger” within the battle towards COVID-19 regardless of a gradual decline of an infection charges in latest weeks.
“With increasing social gatherings, greater population mobility, and large festivals and sports tournaments taking place in the coming days and weeks, WHO Europe calls for caution,” the WHO’s European head Hans Kluge advised a press briefing.
“If you choose to travel, do it responsibly. Be conscious of the risks. Apply common sense and don’t jeopardize hard-earned gains,” Kluge mentioned.
Over the final two months, new COVID-19 instances, deaths and hospitalisations have declined, prompting 36 out of 53 international locations within the area to begin easing restrictions.
The variety of reported COVID-19 infections final week got here in at 368,000, a fifth of weekly instances reported throughout a peak in April this yr, Kluge mentioned.
“We should all recognize the progress made across most countries in the region, we must also acknowledge that we are by no means out of danger,” he added.
Kluge mentioned the so-called Delta variant, which was first recognized in India, was a matter of concern. This variant, he mentioned, “shows increased transmissibility and some immune escape is poised to take hold in the region while many among vulnerable populations, above the age of 60, remain unprotected.”
Countries ought to study from the resurgence in instances seen over the summer season final yr, whilst vaccinations are being rolled out throughout the area.
With simply 30% within the area having obtained their first dose of vaccines, this might not be sufficient to forestall one other wave of the virus, he mentioned.
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