WHO`s Kluge warns over a second coronavirus wave in fall

Baku, June 3, AZERTAC

Hans Kluge, the World Health Organisation’s regional director for Europe warned over a second wave of coronavirus in fall, despite a significant decrease noted in the Covid-19 cases across the EU, according to New Europe.

“I’m very concerned about a double wave – in the fall, we could have a second wave of Covid and another one of seasonal flu or measles,” Kluge told British Telegraph in an interview published on May 14.

As a vaccine for Covid-19 has yet to be found, Kluge highlighted that countries that have not been hit hard by the pandemic should carefully calculate the risks of easing their lockdown measures.

The plans to proceed with lifting Coronavirus restrictions need to be based on public health data, said the WHO official, adding that control measures need to be in place, including a contact-tracing system.

Contact-tracing apps to track the spread of the virus have been touted by EU chiefs as a measure that will significantly facilitate the gradual relaxation of various national measures, including the opening of borders and enabling some travelling during the summer season.

Kluge said that to handle another Coronavirus wave, countries need to safeguard that the public health system has sufficient intensive care capacity, and highlighted that the behaviour of the community will determine whether a second infections wave will occur.

The WHO regional director also praised the examples of Austria and South Korea, as both countries managed to keep the pandemic out of hospitals. South Korea conducted mass testing campaigns along with intensive contact tracing, managing to isolate the people infected, slow down the spread of the virus and relieve hospitals.

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