The World Health Organization had warned on Thursday that a new wave of the coronavirus delta variant might be happening in Europe soon and that it is pretty much imminent.
“A 10-week decline in the number of Covid-19 cases in the 53 countries in the WHO European region has come to an end,” Hans Kluge, the WHO’s regional director for Europe, warned in a press briefing.
“Last week, the number of cases rose by 10%, driven by increased mixing, travel, gatherings, and an easing of social restrictions,” he said. “Delta overtakes alpha very quickly… and is already translating into increased hospitalizations and deaths,” Kluge said.
The only thing that is enough to form a line of defense against the delta variant of the coronavirus is the vaccine. But millions of people still remain Unvaccinated in Europe, and that is what is going to cause even more havoc among the people.
The Delta Variant is indeed Very Contagious
The delta variant is indeed very contagious, and it can spread all over the continent in a very small amount of time. “By August, the WHO European Region will be ‘delta dominant,’” he noted, adding that 63% of people are still waiting for their first shot, while restrictions on public life are likely to be lifted by next month.
The U.K., for example, which has a high vaccination rate but also a large number of cases caused by the delta variant, plans to end restrictions on July 19.
So the only thing that is left now is to wait and watch what happens. If the vaccine had not been taken by you, then it’s high time you do.
More people are getting sick and dying as a result of the new delta variation, which has already surpassed the impact of the alpha strain.
Dr. Kluge predicts that by August, the WHO European Zone will be “delta dominant,” but that 63% of the population will still be waiting for their first vaccination. At the same time, travel and social gatherings will continue to be relatively unrestricted in the region.
The World Health Organization (WHO) maintains that immunizations DO work against the delta form; nevertheless, two doses are necessary.
Only 24% of the population is vaccinated on average across the European region, with 50% of the elderly and 40% of the healthcare workforce still unprotected.
This is significantly lower than the recommended 80% coverage among adults, says Dr. Kluge, and is therefore inappropriate.