The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday said new COVID cases were again rising in Europe, after more than two months of declining numbers. "Last week, the number of cases rose by 10%, driven by increased mixing, travel, gatherings and easing of social restrictions," Hans Kluge, the WHO's regional director for Europe told a press conference.
Portugal will be the next European country to reopen its borders to fully vaccinated US travelers this summer. News of the country's loosening travel restrictions came from Economy Minister Pedro Siza Viera, who appeared on a Portuguese radio station on Tuesday.
Several other countries, including France, Spain and Canada, have also imposed age limits on the AstraZeneca shot over the occurrence of rare but severe blood clots in younger people.