Whereas Europe is beginning to see the primary early indicators that the coronavirus spike throughout the continent is starting to ease, World Well being Group officers warn that European nations must take care to not elevate lockdowns too early and repeat the errors governments made within the spring that might result in one other surge in circumstances.
David Nabarro, the WHO’s particular coronavirus envoy, stated Sunday to Swiss newspaper Solothurner Zeitung that European nations are at risk of setting themselves up for a 3rd coronavirus wave in early 2021, earlier than vaccines within the works might be broadly administered to most of the people, in line with Deutsche Welle.
To stop one other giant outbreak after present restrictions are pulled again, he suggested European governments to solely ease lockdowns after coronavirus an infection charges present a transparent, sustained lower.
“You should wait [to repon] till case numbers are low and keep low,” he stated, in line with Deutsche Welle. “Europe’s response [in spring] was incomplete.”
Governments in Europe also needs to use the interval between spikes in new infections to extend their capacities for measures like contact tracing and to ramp up testing, he added, saying authorities didn’t take full benefit of the slowdown in infections over the summer time to organize for one more surge.
“[Europe] missed increase the essential infrastructure in the course of the summer time months after they introduced the primary wave below the management,” Nabarro stated, in line with Deutsche Welle. “Now we’ve got the second wave. If they do not construct the required infrastructure, we’ll have a 3rd wave early subsequent yr.”
Whereas early lockdowns helped stem a spring surge in Europe, nations throughout the continent started counting elevated new infections in autumn after restrictions have been pulled again. Final week, the WHO introduced the variety of new weekly coronavirus circumstances in Europe had dropped from the earlier week for the primary time in months, an early however hopeful signal that new lockdowns are working and that the continent’s second coronavirus wave could also be starting to ease. On Sunday, Nabarro pointed towards Asia for examples of nations which have efficiently curbed coronavirus outbreaks: Taiwan marked its 200th day of no native viral transmissions final month, whereas nations like Japan and South Korea have additionally saved circumstances low in comparison with European nations.