The World Health Organization (WHO) warned of a new COVID wave across Europe as the Delta coronavirus variant spreads through the region.
The number of new cases across Europe rose by 10 per cent last week, the UN health agency’s regional director for Europe Hans Kluge said.
“This is taking place in the context of a rapidly evolving situation. A new variant of concern – the Delta variant – and in a region where, despite tremendous efforts by member states, millions remain unvaccinated,” he added.
“There will be a new wave in the WHO European region unless we remain disciplined.”
The Delta variant is more transmissible than others and was first identified in India, but it has spread rapidly in the UK.
However, Portugal was the first European Union nation to announce that the Delta variant was now dominant on its territory.
According to the World Health Organization, it is “well on its way” to account for a majority of worldwide cases of Covid-19.
New travel restrictions have been imposed across Europe in a bid to confront the spread of the Delta coronavirus variant.
In this regard, Portugal, Spain, and Germany have issued tight restrictions on the entry of certain travelers.
Germany also imposed new restrictions on people entering the country from Portugal and Russia, including a two-week quarantine.
The UK has been under the spotlight given rising numbers of new coronavirus cases with the Delta variant.
Many countries have restricted travel from the UK because of the spread of the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2.
Travellers from Britain are now required to show proof of their vaccination. For those who have not been vaccinated, they must produce a negative RT PCR test report.