SARS-CoV-2 resurgence in EU and EEA related to relaxation of non-pharmaceutical interventions and increasing spread of Delta variant

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There has been a 64.3% increase of weekly COVID-19 cases compared to last week, according to ECDC’s epidemic intelligence and TESSy data reported by EU and EEA countries, as of 15 July 2021.

EU/EEA 14-day age-specific COVID-19 case notification rate
EU/EEA 14-day age-specific COVID-19 case notification rate, week 27

An increasing trend is observed in 20 countries. In the most affected countries, the steepest increases and highest notification rates were reported among 15 to 24-year-olds, with limited increases in persons aged over 65 years. For the latest COVID-19 country overviews, please see the dedicated webpage.

At this stage, the reported hospital occupancy rate (the daily occupancy in the last week per 100 000 population) for the EU/EEA overall remains stable. Based on data reported by 24 countries, the rate was 4.2 per 100 000, compared to 5.0 in week 26. This pooled rate has been stable for one week. However, increasing trends are reported in 3 countries.

The ICU occupancy rate for the EU/EEA has been decreasing for nine weeks. Based on data reported by 18 countries, the rate was 0.7 per 100 000 population, compared to 0.9 in week 26. However, increasing trends have been reported in 2 countries.