Europe is the only region in which the number of cases of COVID-19 increased last week, according to the World Health Organization. The increase was 7%. Central Europe, in particular, has seen cases rise in recent days, amid fears over low vaccination rates.
In Poland, the health minister has warned that the country is facing an explosion of coronavirus cases that may require drastic measures after recording more than 5,000 new infections per day for the first time since May.
Meanwhile, the UK has urged millions of people to get vaccinated as it has predicted that new coronavirus cases could reach 100,000 a day this winter.
Sajid Javid, UK Health Minister has issued the warning; “We cannot be complacent when covid-19 remains such a potent threat. Since our phenomenal vaccination program began last winter, we have been in a race, a race between the vaccine and the virus. And while we are ahead in that race, the gap is narrowing. We’ve come a long way, thanks to the efforts of many, but with winter ahead, we can’t throw it away now.”
So far, the UK is reluctant to re-impose restrictions, but elsewhere the same is not true. The Czech government is one of several countries on the continent that are tightening measures against the pandemic as the number of cases rises.