Europe is currently a major source of coronavirus contagion. And that worries a lot. The WHO and the European Commission, in fact, have raised all the alarms and have coordinated, albeit involuntarily, to make the same appeal: measures must be taken to avoid a new general confinement. The World Health Organization expressed its “great concern” about the “exponential growth” of the second wave of Covid-19 throughout the European territory.
WHO Director for Europe Hans Kluge said that “there is still time to act” because what is called the “dark phase” has not been entered, and recognized at the same time that this new wave is causing fewer deaths than the first. But that should not be an excuse for taking action. He welcomed the restrictions that several countries have already taken, in which the incidence is high: “They are appropriate and necessary responses from what the data tells us. Kluge, in this sense, put the focus precisely on closed places and homes.
Nor is the message from the European Commission very optimistic. “We are running out of time,” warned Health Commissioner Stella Kyriades, who called on member states to take “drastic measures” that at the same time make it possible to “avoid a new generalized confinement.” And it is that the virus, according to point from Brussels, “is returning to levels of March” and the message “has to be of urgency”.
The Community Executive recognizes that the preparation to respond to the second wave has improved compared to the first, with “unprecedented coordination”, but issued a warning: “The measures only work if they are applied effectively.” Kyriades also said that so far “thousands of lives have been saved”, although he recalled that the fight against the virus “is not over yet.”
This alert by the EU and WHO comes at a time when more and more countries have to apply restrictions to stop the growth of cases. In addition to Spain, France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Poland continue to record very high figures. The French Government, in fact, has decreed a state of emergency throughout the country starting this Saturday and for two weeks.
In this context, weddings and the Executive will be prohibited has called for companies to bet on teleworking. In addition to establishing a curfew between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. in large cities, Macron has also tightened restrictions on bars and restaurants, which will have to have a customer registry.
Germany has also had to tighten the measures after setting a new maximum number of cases. The Government of Angela Merkel announced yesterday that meetings are limited to ten people in areas with an incidence greater than 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and to 25 people if the incidence is between 35 and those 50 cases. In addition, the nightlife venues will have to close at eleven o’clock at night and the mask will be mandatory.
Portugal is not spared either and is already under the so-called state of calamity (similar to emergency) that supposes the limitation of meetings to five people, the mandatory nature of the mask and the use of a tracking app to stop the momentum that the second wave has taken in the country.