The director-general of the World Health Organization, Tedros Ghebreyesus, said that a record number of people infected with SARS-CoV-2 were detected in European countries last week, Report informs, quoting foreign media.
"Nearly 2 million COVID-19 cases were reported in Europe last week - the highest in one week in the region since the start of the pandemic," Gebreyesus said.
He noted that the coronavirus spreads both in countries with a high proportion of the vaccinated population - Western Europe, and in Eastern European countries, where there are fewer vaccinated ones.
The WHO chief stressed that vaccination reduces the risk of a severe course of the disease, adding that it does not completely prevent the transmission of the virus from person to person.
Ghebreyesus warned that vaccinations are not enough to end the coronavirus pandemic - testing of the population, wearing masks and social distancing is also needed.