Health experts are concerned about the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Europe, as the continent’s “third wave” threatens to destabilize recovery plans.
Several regions are reporting spikes in localized cases, with lockdown fatigue and sluggish vaccine rollout threatening to place a strain on already stretched hospitals once again.
In Germany, some 13,000 new infections were reported on Friday, a 20 percent increase compared seven days prior.
The head of Germany’s Robert Koch Insitute said the situation was worsening, a sentiment echoed by the German health minister who said the surge in cases threatened to prolong lockdown measures.
The outlook is also deteriorating in France. The Health Minister signaled additional restrictions could be placed on Paris, as cases in the capital climb.
France’s intensive care admissions are also now at a three-and-a-half-month high as more infectious variants of the virus spread.