WHO URGES NATIONS TO KEEP UP VIRUS QUARANTINES


18/09/2020




İrem UZUN -TDO- The World Health Organization warned Thursday of "alarming rates of transmission" of Covid-19 across Europe and cautioned countries against shortening quarantine periods. The WHO's regional director for Europe Hans Kluge said the number of coronavirus cases seen in September "should serve as a wake-up call for all of us", after Europe set a new record last week, with some 54,000 cases recorded in 24 hours

Dr. Kluge said that “even a slight reduction in the length of the quarantine” could have a significant effect on the spread of the virus which returned to “alarming rates of transmission" in Europe this month. He insisted that countries should only reduce the standard two-week quarantine period if it was scientifically justified. He offered to convene scientific discussions on the issue, if necessary. He continued that "It's going to get tougher. In October, November, we are going to see more mortality".

He concluded that "I hear the whole time: 'the vaccine is going to be the end of the pandemic'. Of course not! We don't even know if the vaccine is going to help all population groups. We are getting some signs now that it will help for one group and not for the other. And then if we have to order different vaccines, what a logistical nightmare! The end of the pandemic is not near, and at the moment that we as a community are going to learn how to live with this pandemic. And it depends on us and that's a very positive message”. Even though the continent is experiencing a surge of cases, the number of deaths has remained relatively stable. But the resurgence is expected to lead to an increase in daily fatalities, according to the WHO.


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