The number of new coronavirus cases increased across Europe for the first time in 10 weeks, the World Health Organization said Thursday, ending a stretch that had raised hopes the pandemic would recede as vaccinations progressed.

New infections jumped 10 percent during the past week in the 53 countries that make up the WHO European region, the agency’s regional director for Europe, Hans Kluge, said at a briefing.

He attributed the rise to increased mixing, summer travel and the rapid spread of the more contagious delta variant first identified in India.

“This is taking place in the context of a rapidly evolving situation,” Kluge said. “And in a region where, despite tremendous efforts by member states, millions remain unvaccinated.”

Here are some significant developments:

  • Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro fired a senior health official after a newspaper alleged he participated in a graft scheme linked to coronavirus vaccines amid significant suffering for Brazil’s poor.
  • The end of the pandemic “remains a distant future” for much of Latin America as new coronavirus cases are again on the rise and most people remain unvaccinated, the region’s public health agency said Wednesday.
  • New Delhi may not recognize European Union vaccination certificates for travel, Indian media reported. The E.U.'s vaccine passport initiative does not include two major vaccines produced in India because they have not been approved by European regulators.
  • Thailand on Thursday launched its “sandbox” program allowing fully vaccinated travelers quarantine-free entry to Phuket island. Officials expect many of the initial travelers will be Israeli vacationers.
  • Indonesia will tighten distancing curbs as the delta variant wreaks havoc across the Southeast Asian country, where only about 5 percent of the population is fully inoculated. Starting Saturday, the new restrictions will include a ban on indoor dining and limits on movement and air travel, Reuters reported.
  • Nearly 2,000 coronavirus infections in Scotland have been linked to the 2020 UEFA European men’s soccer championship, although it is difficult to pinpoint where people got infected, health authorities said. Scotland reported a record 3,887 cases on Wednesday, but there were comparatively few people with serious symptoms.

At least 63 percent of people in the European region — which stretches from Portugal in the west to Russia’s eastern border — are still waiting for a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, Kluge said. By August, the delta variant is expected to become dominant across Europe, as restrictions are lifted across the continent.

The variant, which is highly transmissible, “is already translating into increased hospitalizations and deaths,” Kluge said.

But in some places, such as Britain, high vaccination rates have helped keep virus deaths down, health officials say, even as new cases involving the delta variant surge. British authorities Wednesday recorded more than 26,000 new infections, the country’s highest daily caseload in six months. The last time cases were that high, daily deaths reached more than 1,200, Britain’s Sky News reported.

But just 14 new virus-related deaths were recorded Wednesday, according to Reuters, down from 23 the day before. About half of Britain’s population is fully vaccinated, according to Our World in Data, which tracks publicly available figures.

Still, Britain came under fire Thursday from the German interior minister, who blasted European soccer’s governing body for allowing about 40,000 fans to watch England’s match against Germany at London’s Wembley Stadium earlier this week, the Associated Press reported.

The crowd was the largest in Britain since the pandemic began, according to the AP, which quoted German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer as saying the decision to allow spectators was “absolutely irresponsible.”

The WHO Thursday also launched a tool it said would help monitor the pandemic environment and related restrictions in cities hosting Euro 2020 matches over coming days. Local officials should pay more attention to the movement of spectators in host cities, the agency said, including mass transit and postgame gatherings.

When asked whether the matches were acting as potential “super spreader” events, Kluge said he could not rule it out.

“I hope not,” he said. “But this can’t be excluded.”

Katerina Ang in Singapore contributed to this report.