June 12, 2020 / 9:03 AM / 2 months ago

EU warns COVID-19 health crisis not over yet, urges vigilance

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The public health crisis caused by the COVID-19 epidemic in Europe is not over yet, the European Union’s top health official warned on Friday, urging governments to remain vigilant and plough ahead with testing and tracing the population.

“This is not behind us yet. We need to be vigilant,” EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides told EU health ministers in a videoconference, amid fears of a new surge in infections as EU states gradually reopen business and borders and after mass protests in recent days across the continent.

Reporting by Francesco Guarascio; Editing by Catherine Evans @fraguarascio

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