“The virus will not go away just because countries stop monitoring it”. This is sitting. Hans Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe, warns of a corona summer wave. The World Health Organization is observing a threefold increase in cases of infection on the European continent – within a few weeks. The reason is the highly contagious Omikron subvariant BA.5. The highest infection rates were reported from Austria, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Luxembourg and Portugal.
People should continue to isolate themselves in case of respiratory symptoms, keep their vaccinations up to date and wear mouthguards in busy places. It is also important to continue tracking the virus, otherwise new transmission patterns and mutations would remain undetected for too long, Kluge said.