“Alarming” level of transmission in Europe

(Copenhagen) The level of transmission of COVID-19 in Europe is “alarming”, said the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday, which is also concerned about the reduction in quarantine that has been decided or planned in several countries, including France.

Posted on Sep 17, 2020 at 7:06 am

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“The numbers for September should be an alarm for us all,” said the director of the European branch of the European branch in Copenhagen, where the number of new cases is now higher than in March and April WER, Hans Kluge.

The UN organization has also ruled out shortening its recommendation to a 14-day quarantine for all people who have come into contact with the virus.

“Our 14-day quarantine recommendation was based on our understanding of the incubation period and disease transmission. We would only revise it because of a change in our understanding of science, which is not the case, “is not the case so far,” said Catherine Smallwood, who is responsible for emergency situations at WHO in Europe.

In France, the length of isolation in the event of contact has been reduced to seven days. It’s 10 days in the UK and Ireland, and several European countries like Portugal and Croatia are currently considering reducing it.

“When we know the immense individual and societal effects that can even minimally reduce the duration of the quarantine […]I encourage the countries of the region to follow a regular scientific procedure with their experts and to examine safe reduction options, ”emphasized Kluge.

In WHO’s Europe Zone, which includes 53 countries including Russia, there are nearly 5 million official cases and more than 227,000 deaths related to the virus, according to the organization’s surveillance table.

Due to a resumption of the epidemic, but also due to the test capacities that are larger than the wave from March to April, the number of registered daily cases is currently 40,000 to 50,000, compared to a daily high of 43,000 on September 1st. last April according to these dates.

The new all-time high is now on September 11th. Around 54,000 cases were registered within 24 hours.