The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has updated its risk assessment of COVID-19 in the European Union and European Economic Area (EU/EEA) and the UK, given the recent resurgence in cases across the region.
In this, the 11th update of the risk assessment, the ECDC reports that, as of 2 August, the EU/EEA countries and the UK had reported 1,733,550 cases, representing 10 per cent of all cases. The number of COVID-19-related deaths in the region reached 182,639 deaths - 27 per cent of all deaths.
The agency acknowledged that many countries have increased and expanding testing which could have increased the number of cases identified. Despite this, it said there is a “true resurgence” in cases in several countries as a result of physical distancing measures being relaxed.
The ECDC says the risk of further escalation is moderate for countries that apply appropriate measures, and have sufficient contact tracing and testing. The risk is considered to be very high for countries that do not implement or reinforce measures including physical distancing and contact tracing.
The agency stressed that the increase in numbers may reflect changes in case ascertainment and may not necessarily indicate increased transmission, therefore, the information must be interpreted with caution.