A new wave of Covid-19 has swept across Europe, caused by Omicron mutations, a representative of the EU Medicines Agency has warned.
The agency’s head of vaccines, Marco Cavalleri, said “increased transmission among older age groups is beginning to translate into severe disease.”
The increase in the number of people with a positive test is due to the BA.4 and BA.5 mutations Omicron option.
In April, the EMA recommended that people over the age of 80 get a second booster vaccine. They now recommend that people aged 60 to 79 and people with medical vulnerabilities of any age get a booster.
Mr Cavalleri said: “As this new wave unfolds in the EU, it is vital to maintain the protection of vulnerable populations and avoid any delay in vaccination.”
The majority coronavirus Restrictions have been lifted across Europe, and many people are using the summer to take vacations for the first time since the pandemic began.
On June 30, the World Health Organization said the number of new cases worldwide rose by 18% over the previous week, with more than 4.1 million cases reported.
The latest ONS statistics show that one in 30 people in the UK had the virus in the week to June 24, a 32% increase on the week before.
The UN health agency said in its latest weekly report on the pandemic that the number of deaths worldwide remained relatively the same as the week before, at around 8,500.
Deaths from COVID increased in three regions: the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and the Americas.