Concerns have been raised over the spread of the Delta variant in many European countries amid fears of a new lockdown.
The European Union warned that fresh outbreaks blamed on the fast-spreading Delta variant would lead to a new lockdown across the continent.
The warning came although more than half of all European adults,200 million Europeans, are now fully vaccinated.
“Exponential” Coronavirus Cases in Germany
German Chancellor Angela Merkel also warned that the covid cases are rising “exponentially” in her country.
“The number of infections has been rising again for a few days now, with a clear and, in my opinion, worrying momentum. The Delta variant of the coronavirus drives the whole thing,” she said.
“With a rising incidence rate, it could be that we need to introduce additional measures,” she added.
COVID Curfews in France
For his part, French Minister of State for European Affairs Clément Beaune didn’t exclude the re-imposition of COVID curfews as cases rise again.
“The re-imposition of curfew measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 cannot be excluded in France if infections continue to climb,” the minister clarified.
As of Sunday, France is witnessing a jump in new infections.
10,000 cases were reported for the third consecutive day due to the rapid spread of the more contagious Delta variant of COVID-19.
Britain Under Spotlight
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.
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.