WHO Claims EU in the Middle of New COVID Wave

The World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed that Europe is at the epicenter of a rebound of COVID-19 infections as more people mix at big gatherings and travel.

Michael Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme, described the situation as “seeing a considerably more intense wave of COVID sweeping over Europe again.” 

Ryan, in a report by Bloomberg, continued that they will see it happen everywhere because they are already seeing COVID spikes in South East Asia and the eastern Mediterranean region.

The omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 are primarily responsible for the rise in Europe and the US, where overall the number of COVID infections increased by 30% during the preceding two weeks. 

WHO declared that it was also monitoring a fresh sublineage of subvariant BA2.75 found in India.

Ryan said that mass human interaction, such as going to big concerts and traveling more, was the source of the spike in COVID cases in Europe during the summer when the transmission should be more difficult because people are outside.

Due to vaccination protection, the current wave of COVID isn’t yet causing an increase in the need for intensive care or a significant rise in the number of fatalities.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement the world is in a better position to combat the virus now than it was back in 2020 when it first began to sweep across the globe.

However, Tedros added that any uptick in COVID cases must be regarded seriously.


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