The level of covid-19 transmission is “alarming” in Europe, the WHO said on Thursday, also concerned about the shortening of the quarantine period already decided or considered by several countries, including France.
“The September data should be a wake-up call for all of us,” across Europe, where the number of new cases is higher than in March and April, Hans Kluge warned in Copenhagen.
The World Health Organization warns that the pandemic situation in Europe is “very serious” due to the “alarming rate of transmission”. Half of European countries have reported a 10% increase in new cases in the last two weeks.
“New weekly cases have now surpassed those reported when the pandemic peaked in Europe for the first time in March,” WHO Regional Director Hans Kluge told a news conference on Thursday, according to CNN.
“There were over 300,000 new cases in Europe last week,” Kluge said.
Kluge added that more than half of European countries have reported an increase in coronavirus infections of more than 10% in the last two weeks.
The WHO Regional Director also said that this increase in the number of cases should serve as a warning about what is to come.
“In the spring and early summer we could see the impact of strict isolation measures. Our efforts, our sacrifices, have paid off. In June, cases reached a minimum. The increase in the number of cases in September should be a wake-up call for all of us. We need to wake up to reality. Although these figures also reflect the increase in the number of tests, we can see alarming transmission rates throughout the region, “said Hans Kluge.
The number of new cases of Covid-19 disease is rising again in the European Union – several countries are reporting increases in the number of infections larger or similar to those in the early spring pandemic, according to worldometers.info.
Romania ranks 5th in terms of the new number of cases of infection with Covid-19, on the day when our country recorded the latest record, and in terms of deaths, Romania is in 2nd place, after Spain.
The WHO also rules out a shortening of the 14-day quarantine period in which all people who have been in contact with the virus are placed.