Omicron mutations are driving a new wave in Covid-19 across Europe, warns an official at the EU Medicines Agency.
Marco Cavaleri is the head of vaccines for the agency. He stated that “the rise in transmission among older generations is beginning to translate into severe diseases.”
The BA.4/BA.5 mutations in the variant of the Omicron are responsible for the increase in positive test results.
The EMA recommended that people over 80 get a booster vaccine in April. They now recommend that people between 60 and 79 years old, as well as those who are medically vulnerable, get the booster.
Cavaleri stated that “As this wave unfolds over the EU it is essential to preserve protection of vulnerable groups, and avoid any postponement or vaccination.”
Many people are taking vacations this summer because they have no restrictions on coronavirus since the pandemic.
The World Health Organisation reported that the number of cases worldwide had increased 18% over the week prior, and more than 4.1 Million cases were reported.
The ONS has just released the latest statistics, showing that 1 in 30 UK residents had the virus during the week ending 24 June. This is 32% more than the previous week.
In its weekly report on pandemics, the UN health agency stated that the world’s death toll remained roughly the same as the previous week at 8,500.
Three regions saw an increase in COVID-related deaths: the Middle East and Southeast Asia, as well as the Americas.