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The European Comission and the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) have warned this Thursday of the “increasing risk” of a second wave of coronavirus in Europe and have urged member states to reinforce “immediately” your control measures. The new risk analysis of the European health organization warns that “non-pharmaceutical” interventions, such as dsocial presence, hygiene or the use of masks, “have shown not be enough to reduce or control “exposure to the virus.

Therefore, Brussels urges states to reinforce the resources of the health system and redouble the efforts dedicated especially to people from risk groups and health workers. Specifically, it calls for increasing the capacity of diagnostic tests and the tracking of cases, improve public health surveillance resources, guarantee access to personal protective equipment and medicines, and ensure sufficient health capacity.

“All Member States must step up their measures immediately and at the first sign of potential new shoots“, has underlined EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides, who has warned that it is “perhaps the last chance to avoid a repeat of the situation of last spring. “

Both the European Commission and the (ECDC) have warned that the current epidemiological situation represents a “increasing” risk for the groups most vulnerable to the consequences of the coronavirus and for health workers, thus requiring “immediate and specific” action to tackle the “worrying” increase in cases in Europe.

“We have not overcome the crisis”

“We are in a decisive moment and everyone has to act decisively and use the tools we have. This means that all Member States should be prepared to deploy control measures immediately and at the right time, “Kyriakides insisted.

Kyriakides stressed that the ECDC analysis “shows that you cannot lower your guard.” “With some Member States experiencing higher case numbers than during the March peak, it is It is crystal clear that we have not overcome the crisis“, has said.

For her part, the director of ECDE, Andrea Ammon, has pointed out that there is “a worrying increase in the number of covid-19 cases detected in Europe” and added: “Until there is a vaccine safe and effective available, rapid identification, tests and quarantines high-risk contacts are some of the most effective measures to reduce transmission. “



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