The World Health Organization warns of an increase in the number of patients with COVID-19 in Europe. Experts attribute this to low rates of vaccination and the opening of borders.
Two and a half months of relative respite, and again the number of cases crawled up, according to alarming statistics from the WHO. To a large extent, this is facilitated by the holding of mass events, therefore, experts urge to assess the possible risks of Euro 2020 – the holding of the final and semi-final.
Several hundred football fans, returning from matches in Copenhagen, London and St. Petersburg, brought with them COVID-19 as a unique “souvenir”, and in the form of a new strain. Hans Kluge, Head of the WHO Regional Office for Europe, says:
“The number of cases increased by 10% in the past week due to increased communication, travel, meetings and the relaxation of social restrictions. Millions of people are not vaccinated. The Delta variant is spreading very quickly and overtaking Alpha, which is already leading to an increase in hospitalizations and deaths. “
Despite the best efforts of governments, vaccination in European countries is not progressing fast enough. Its coverage, according to WHO experts, is only 24%. Half of the elderly are still not vaccinated, and among healthcare workers, only 40% are vaccinated.
Experts from the World Health Organization warn: there is a serious risk that in the fall Europe will be covered by a new wave of the coronavirus pandemic, with all the ensuing consequences.