Europe Could Be Hit By A Third Wave Of The Pandemic, Warns WHO’s Covid Envoy

The beginning of a third wave of the pandemic in Europe in early 2021was predicted by a  World Health Organization (WHO) special Covid-19 envoy. The next wave of the novel coronavirus pandemic will take place if various European governments repeat, what according to him, was a failure to do undertake measures were needed to prevent the second wave of infections that is currently underway in the continent.

“They missed building up the necessary infrastructure during the summer months, after they brought the first wave under the control,” the WHO’s David Nabarro said in an interview with Swiss newspapers.

“Now we have the second wave. If they don’t build the necessary infrastructure, we’ll have a third wave early next year,” said Nabarro, a Briton who campaigned unsuccessfully to become the WHO director general in 2017.

For a brief period of time, countries in Europe enjoyed a reduction in the rate of infections which is now increasing again in various parts of the continent. 

A total number of 33,000 new cases were reported on Saturday by Germany and France alone. And thousands of daily new cases are being reported by Switzerland and Austria while 5,532 new infections were reported on Saturday by Turkey.

Switzerland’s move to allow skiing in the country – albeit with masks required in gondolas, was singled out by Nabarro, even as other countries in the other Alpine region such as Austria have closed down resorts to prevent the spread of covid-19 infections.

Switzerland could soon report a “very high level of sicknesses and deaths”, Nabarro said

“Once the infection rates sink, and they will sink, then we can be as free as we want,” Nabarro was quoted as saying by the Solothurner Zeitung. “But right now? Should ski resorts open? Under what conditions?”

The measures taken by some of the Asian countries such as South Korea in their efforts to prevent the spread of infections of the virus were lauded by Nabarro. In those countries the rate of infections and the spread of the disease has reached relatively low levels.

“People are fully engaged, they take on behaviours that make it difficult for the virus. They keep their distance, wear masks, isolate when they’re sick, wash hands and surfaces. They protect the most endangered groups,” Nabarro said.

There was no permanent lifting of restrictions in many of the Asian countries that are doing well in their fight against the pandemic, Nabarro also said.

“You must wait until case numbers are low and stay low,” he said. “Europe’s reaction was incomplete.”

(Adapted from Reuters.com)



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