The World Health Organization and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said on Wednesday that another wave of COVID-19 infections may have begun in Europe as cases begin to tick up across the region.
"Although we are not where we were one year ago, it is clear that the COVID
-19 pandemic is still not over," WHO's Europe director, Hans Kluge, and ECDC's director, Andrea Ammon, said in a joint statement.
"We are unfortunately seeing indicators rising again in Europe, suggesting that another wave of infections has begun."
WHO's region-wise data showed that only Europe recorded a rise in COVID
-19 cases in the week ended 2 October, clocking an increase of 8% from the prior week.
Public health experts have warned that vaccine
fatigue and confusion over available vaccines
will likely limit booster uptake in the region, while millions of people across Europe remain unvaccinated against COVID
-19, the WHO and ECDC noted.
"There was no time to lose," the WHO and ECDC said, adding that vulnerable groups, including people over 60 years old, pregnant women and those with co-morbidities, should get vaccinated against both influenza and COVID