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WHO warns of third coronavirus wave in Europe

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A 10-week decline in new coronavirus infections across Europe has come to an end and a new wave of infections is inevitable if citizens and lawmakers do not remain disciplined, the head of WHO in Europe, Hans Kluge, told a news briefing on Thursday.

Last week, the number of new cases rose by 10%, driven by increased mixing, travel, gatherings, and easing of social restrictions, 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 said.

“There will be a new wave in the WHO European region unless we remain disciplined,” he added.

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