European Union officials have urged member states to do everything possible to slow the fresh wave of Covid-19 infections as the region’s annual flu season begins, in order to avoid new lockdowns.

“This crisis is not behind us. We are at a decisive moment,” EU Commissioner for Health Stella Kyriakides told reporters in Brussels on Thursday. As winter approaches, she warned of the risk of a potentially lethal “twindemic of Covid-19 and the flu.”

Kyriakides urged governments to encourage people to get seasonal flu vaccines and adhere to social distancing measures to reduce transmission of the coronavirus. “This might be our last chance to prevent a repeat of last spring,” she said.

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