The third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic could hit Europe if governments repeat the mistakes they have made so far. The statement belongs to a special representative of the World Health Organization, David Nabarro, who criticizes in the Swiss press the performance of the authorities on the continent.
The WHO official accuses European governments of not building the necessary infrastructure during the summer after bringing the first wave of Covid-19 under control.
“If they don’t build the infrastructure, we will have a third wave early next year,” warns David Nabarro.
Instead, he appreciates the reaction of some Asian countries, such as South Korea, which did not relax the restrictions prematurely: “People are fully involved, they adopt behaviors that make it difficult for the virus to spread. They keep their distance, wear masks, isolate themselves when they are sick, wash their hands. It protects the most endangered groups. “
Eastern Europe has exceeded the threshold of 5 million cases of infections, according to the latest report made by Reuters and quoted by the website Hotnews.ro. The region comprising Belarus, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine currently has the highest number of cases of Covid-19 infections.
More than 2 million cases are registered in Russia.
On average, last week, Eastern Europe reported 82,000 cases a day, plus an average of 1,500 deaths.
Russia, Poland and Ukraine are in the top 20 countries globally. A new wave of cases has been registered in Russia, which has exceeded the threshold of two million, being one of the most affected countries in the world, after the USA, India, Brazil and France.
However, the Russian authorities rejected the idea of a quarantine at the national level, preferring regional quarantine.
Europe as a whole reported more than 15 million cases of Covid-19 and 346,000 deaths, making it the worst-hit continent after Latin America, according to the source.