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Manchester Evening News
Kieran Isgin

Boris Johnson warns of "new wave" of coronavirus sweeping through parts of Europe

The Prime Minister has warned the public of a "new wave" of coronavirus sweeping through Europe that could soon hit the UK.

In a Covid-19 press conference today Boris Johnson warned that the new wave of coronavirus that was sweeping through central Europe has now reached Western Europe.

He stated there were "storm clouds" gathering over Europe in response to the new wave.

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He added: “We don’t yet know the extent to which this new wave will sweep up on our shores but history shows that we cannot afford to be complacent,” he said.

“Those countries with lower vaccination rates have tended to see bigger surges in infection and in turn been forced to respond with harsher measures while those countries with higher vaccination rates have so far fared better.

“It shows us that if we want to control the epidemic here in the UK and if we want to avoid restrictions on our daily lives we must all get vaccinated as soon as we are eligible.”

Professor Chris Whitty has stated there's been a significant increase of the virus in Eastern Europe (Leon Neal - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Professor Chris Whitty told the press conference 'we’re beginning to see a winter respiratory effect' of other viruses impacting on the coronavirus pandemic.

Professor Witty, England’s chief medical officer, said: “There has already been a very significant increase in eastern Europe which is still ongoing, with significant numbers of people dying, in particular among the unvaccinated.

“That has now moved westward and, as you can see, is now increasing significantly, also in many western European countries.

“We all knew – everywhere in Europe we knew – that as we went into winter, into the typical respiratory virus/flu season, that the risks would be greater, and I think this is a demonstration of the fact that we’re beginning to see a winter respiratory effect.”

Mr Johnson also urged people to get the Covid booster jab as soon as they are eligible.

“It would be an utter tragedy if, after everything we have been through, people who had done the right thing by getting double vaccinated ended up becoming seriously ill or even losing their lives because they allowed their immunity to wane,” he said.

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