Another COVID-19 warning for Europe as Slovakia announces lockdown


The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) today warned of a high COVID-19 burden over the next 2 months, as Slovakia today announced a short lockdown to slow its surge, becoming the second European country to do so.

The ECDC’s stark risk assessment comes as a number of European countries reported new daily record highs for cases.

Vaccine coverage not enough to blunt surge

In its updated risk assessment, the ECDC said unless countries apply public health measures now, alongside a stronger push to get more people vaccinated, modeling projections suggest the burden from the more transmissible Delta (1617.2) variant will be very high in December and January.

Andrea Ammon, MD, the ECDC’s director, said in a statement that there are still pockets of vulnerable unvaccinated people, even in countries with good coverage. Less than 70% of Europe’s population is fully vaccinated, and overall protection isn’t enough to limit COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the winter months.



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