According to the latest risk assessment report by ECDC, this group of seven countries has “a higher percentage of serious cases or hospitalizations”, with an increase in mortality “already observed” or “which could occur soon”, reports AFP , taken over by Agerpres in the website.
Concern about the evolution of the epidemic in these countries is generated mainly by the large number of diseases among the elderly, while other European countries see an increase in cases among young people, who are less likely to suffer complications, notes AFP.
On the other hand, Cyprus, Greece, Finland, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Poland and Norway (a non-EU state) are considered to be in a stable epidemiological situation, with a “low” risk to the general population and ” moderate ”for risk categories.
According to ECDC Director Andrea Ammon, “much of the current contamination is caused by private meetings, large family meals or all kinds of meetings with friends or relatives.” This unfavorable evolution of the epidemic can be partly attributed to the increase in the number of infections among young people, as some of them do not comply with prevention measures because they consider themselves “invulnerable” and “are not concerned that they could transmit the virus,” said Andrea Ammon..
On Thursday, the European Commission called on EU member states to react to the growing number of new COVID-19 cases in order to avoid a situation similar to that experienced in the spring, when the epidemic spread massively and led to severe restrictions. , emphasize Agerpres.
“It simply came to our notice then. It could be our last chance to avoid repeating what happened in the spring, “European Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides warned at a news conference.
“All Member States must be prepared for the immediate implementation of control measures and at the appropriate time at the first signal of possible new outbreaks. We want to avoid a repetition of what we saw in the spring and generalized isolation “, she insisted, quoted by the EFE news agency, according to Agerpres.
Stella Kyriakides pointed out that “in some Member States the situation is now worse than in March”, and the cause of this development is the fact that “the necessary measures have not been decreed, applied or observed correctly”.
In this context, the European Commission has recommended maintaining the 14-day quarantine for people who are in contact with a positive case of SARS-CoV-2, after several countries reduced this period to ten or even seven days.