It is falling apart across European countries before the summer. The numbers of newly infected are at their lowest levels since last August. This also applies to large countries such as France or Germany. However, according to the European WHO, the situation can change quickly.
Kluge called on the citizens of European countries and government officials to proceed with caution with disintegration. “As people start to travel more and go to social events, community coverage begins to expand,” Kluge said on Thursday.
“We already experienced it last year, when the number of cases among younger students grew in the summer, then it moved to older ones, and in the end it ended in the loss of many lives in the autumn and winter. Let’s not make the same mistake, “the director warned. The greatest risk remains the more transmissible variant of coronavirus delta, the Indian mutation.
Kluge added that he did not want to discourage people from enjoying the summer. But all paths should be considered in advance. He also called on governments to work on a better epidemiological situation through more frequent testing or tracing to learn from last summer.
Regional Director of the World Health Organization for Europe Hans Kluge
The vaccination coverage of Europe is low
Although vaccination has accelerated across Europe, WHO data show that only 30 percent of Europeans have received the first vaccine so far, and only 17 percent of people on the old continent have been fully vaccinated.
“Such coverage is far from enough for the continent to develop collective immunity. Many people over the age of 60 remain in danger, ie the most risky categories, “Kluge added. Despite low vaccination coverage, 36 of 53 European countries are easing restrictions.
If people want to travel, says Kluge, they should do so with caution and be careful. “They should think about the risks, use common sense and not jeopardize hard-earned profits, wash their hands, keep their distance and wear veils,” added the director of the European branch of the WHO.
The European WHO brings together all European countries as well as several Middle Eastern countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan).