WHO warns of spike in Covid-19 cases in Europe

WHO warns of spike in Covid-19 cases in Europe

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of a potential spike in Covid-19 cases in Europe. Over the past 10 weeks, the infection rate in the Blue Continent has decreased. However, there is now a deployment of the Delta variant.

UMMATIMES - WHO Chief for Europe Hans Kluge said last week new cases of Covid-19 in Europe rose 10 percent. This was due to an increase in travel, gatherings, and the easing of social restrictions.
“This is happening in the context of a rapidly evolving situation. A new variant of concern, Delta, and in a region, where despite extraordinary efforts by member states, millions (of people) remain unvaccinated," Kluge said on Thursday (1/7).

Therefore, Kluge appealed to European residents to continue to comply with health protocols to prevent the spread of Covid-19. "There will be a new wave in the WHO Europe region, unless we remain disciplined," he said.
The European Union officially reinstated cross-border free travel between its member states on Thursday (1/7). However, there is a new rule, namely that residents of the Blue Continent must bring a certificate, both digital and physical, which includes information about vaccinations, tests, or having recovered from Covid-19.

This certificate is known as the European Union Digital Covid Certificate (EUDCC). The certificate is official, free, and must be recognized by the 27 member states of the European Union as well as Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway.

The EUDCC applies in three situations, firstly proving whether a person has been vaccinated against Covid-19. Second whether they had a recent negative test. Third, whether the related individual is considered immune after having been infected with Covid-19. For the latter, evidence of a PCR test showing a positive result is required.