First signs of new COVID-19 wave seen in colder countries – POLITICO

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COVID-19 circumstances and hospitalizations are creeping up in Northern Europe the place the colder and wetter climate is first being felt throughout the bloc.

Newest knowledge from Belgium, the U.Ok. and Denmark factors to a gradual uptick within the variety of circumstances and hospitalizations.

Belgium’s well being authority mentioned its modeling factors to a brand new COVID-19 wave hitting in mid-October. Its knowledge revealed on Friday suggests the primary ripples of this wave have already arrived.

Belgium reported a 17 % improve within the variety of new circumstances of coronavirus within the week to September 19 from the earlier week. Hospitalizations within the week to September 22 had been extra steady, rising 4 %, the general public well being authority mentioned.

Denmark’s infectious illness institute reported first knowledge indicating a reversal in an infection charges, which after a protracted interval of decline are actually stabilizing or rising barely throughout the areas.

The institute additionally famous that hospitalizations rose 6 % during the last week, in contrast with the week earlier than. “Individuals aged 70 to 89 stay the biggest group among the many newly admitted, as has been the case for the reason that starting of the yr,” the institute mentioned.

And within the U.Ok., the quantity of latest circumstances within the week as much as September 17 was 13 % increased than the earlier week, whereas hospitalizations had been up 17 % within the week as much as September 19.

Public well being authorities together with the World Well being Group have been warning for some months of the probably rise in circumstances once more this chilly season. Of explicit concern is the stress on well being techniques, particularly with an anticipated surge in different respiratory viruses like flu this winter.

“Whereas COVID-19 charges are nonetheless low, the newest knowledge for the final seven days point out an increase in hospitalizations and an increase in constructive assessments reported from the neighborhood,” mentioned Susan Hopkins, chief medical advisor on the U.Ok. Well being Safety Company.

Hopkins urged these eligible to return ahead for his or her fall vaccine booster, “sooner slightly than later,” to construct up immune safety forward of the winter.

Europe has licensed boosters that focus on two varieties of the Omicron variant, together with the one that’s dominant now. The U.Ok. has up to now permitted one new booster that targets the primary Omicron pressure, and has purchased sufficient for nearly your complete inhabitants.

“All the obtainable boosters present good safety towards extreme sickness from COVID-19,” Hopkins mentioned.

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