The World Health Organization (WHO) warned that “high levels” of COVID-19 were anticipated in Europe this summer and urged nations to keep an eye on the disease’s spread after instances tripled in the previous month.
“As countries across the European region have lifted the social measures that were previously in place, the virus will transmit at high levels over the summer”, Hans Kluge. The regional director told the AFP news agency. “This virus won’t go away just because countries stop looking for it. It’s still spreading, it’s still changing, and it’s still taking lives.”
According to data from the WHO, the 53 nations in the European area are already reporting slightly under 500,000 cases per day. As the milder but more infectious Omicron subvariant BA.5 spreads throughout the continent.
At the end of May, there were almost 150,000 cases every day. The nations in Europe with the most significant incidence rates were Austria, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Luxembourg, and Portugal. With instances increasing in practically all other countries in the area. Europe is presently seeing 500 fatalities per day, around the same rate. As during the summer of 2020, after recording between 4,000 and 5,000 deaths per day throughout most of the winter.
“We must keep looking for the virus. Because not doing so makes us increasingly blind to patterns of transmission and virus evolution. High population immunity and the choices made to lower risk to older people is key to preventing further mortality this summer,” Hans Kluge said.