The World Health Organization’s envoy for Covid-19, David Nabaro, predicts a third wave of pandemics in Europe in early 2021 if governments do not do what is necessary again, as happened before the second wave, Reuters reported.
“During the summer months, they failed to build the necessary infrastructure after mastering the first wave,” Nabaro said in an interview with Swiss media.
“Now we have a second wave. If they do not build the necessary infrastructure, at the beginning of next year we will have a third wave,” added the Briton, who in 2017 unsuccessfully ran for director general of the WHO.
Europe has briefly enjoyed a reduction in morbidity, but now it has risen again: Germany and France totaled 33,000 new cases yesterday, Switzerland and Austria have thousands of cases a day, and Turkey has reported a record 5,532 new cases.
In an interview, Nabaro drew attention to Switzerland’s decision to allow skiing with the requirement to wear masks in the lifts, given that other alpine countries such as Austria have closed ski resorts. He said Switzerland could reach “a fairly high level of morbidity and mortality”.
“Once the incidence decreases, and it will decrease, we will be able to be as free as we want,” Nabaro was quoted as saying by the Zoloturner Zeitung. “But right now? Should ski resorts be opened? Under what conditions?” He asked.
Nabaro praised the actions of some Asian countries, such as South Korea, where the incidence is now relatively low. “People are fully engaged, they wear masks, they adopt behaviors that prevent the virus. They keep their distance, they wear masks, they isolate themselves when they are sick, they wash their hands and surfaces. They protect the most endangered groups,” he said.
Nabaro added that Asia has not relaxed the measures prematurely, he said Investor.bg.
“We have to wait until the number of cases stays low and stays that way,” he said. “Europe’s reaction was incomplete,” he added.
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