WHO warns Europe of Covid-19 third wave

Source : 112 Ukraine

The World Health Organization has slammed Europe's response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying countries failed to take advantage of a summer lull in cases to prepare for the next wave
14:40, 22 November 2020

Europe is likely to experience a third wave of the deadly Covid-19 pandemic in early 2021 before a vaccine is introduced. World Health Organization's special Covid-19 envoy David Nabarro told that, as Solothurner Zeitung reported.

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"They missed building up the necessary infrastructure during the summer months after they brought the first wave under the control," Nabarro said. "Now we have the second wave. If they don't build the necessary infrastructure, we'll have a third wave early next year."

He also said Europe had much to learn from Asian countries.

"One has to react quickly to the virus, robustly and decisively," he said. "Especially at the start, when the virus is still spreading very slowly in different communities. If you react half-heartedly, the problem will get bigger very quickly."

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Nabarro also said Asia did not relax restrictions prematurely. "You must wait until case numbers are low and stay low," he said. "Europe's reaction was incomplete."

He also praised the communication between authorities in Asia and Europe.

"They just have one message: If we want our economy to be strong and for us to keep our freedoms, we all have to stick to a few basic things."

As we reported earlier, The WHO reported that every 17 seconds, one person succumbs to coronavirus in Europe.

Hans Kluge said that in 53 countries that make the European region of the WHO, more than 15.7 million cases have been registered since the pandemic began. That includes four million detected over the last month. More than 355,000 people deceased.

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