FEAR FOR THE NEW WAVE OF COVID FROM CHINA

FEAR FOR THE NEW WAVE OF COVID FROM CHINA
Covid alert

Despite the fact that European authorities assure that the continent is prepared, the wave of Covid from China is expected with fear. Although the World Health Organization (WHO) minimized the impact it could cause, European countries are on alert.

According to the WHO, supported by the European Center for Disease Control (ECDC), Covid infections in China are not expected to have a significant impact in Europe since the variants circulating in the Asian country have been eradicated on the continent.

For its part, in December China put an end to its anti-Covid policy, based on restrictions on mobility and severe confinements for its population. With its borders open, both to foreign visitors and abroad, tourists from the Asian giant have arrived in Europe and other countries.

That is why health security measures have been intensified, such as the insistence on negative tests for travelers. Especially since several European countries are dealing with collapsed healthcare systems for various reasons. Among them are understaffing, strikes, bed shortages, inability to handle the volume of emergencies youporn.

The most affected countries are France, whose hospitals are at maximum capacity and understaffed; Germany, in which health personnel are on leave due to Covid and other seasonal illnesses; Austria, which is dealing with drug shortages, and the UK, where emergency services are stretched thin.

 

WHO URGES PREVENTIVE MEASURES

WHO URGES PREVENTIVE MEASURES
Covid variant

The WHO insists that Europe is prepared for a possible rebound in infections, especially due to its high levels of vaccination. Despite this, the organization’s director for Europe, Hans Kluge, urged European countries to take proportional, non-discriminatory and science-based measures, since there are marked differences between the requirements for travelers from China and those who They come from the United States.

France and Germany request a negative Covid test from those coming from the Asian giant, while Spain demands either a negative test or a full vaccination certificate. This does not happen with those who travel from North America, despite the fact that a new variant has been detected there (XBB.1.5, which is more contagious).

“In December China put an end to its anti-Covid policy, based on restrictions on mobility and severe confinements for its population”

However, he insisted that the priority measure must be the use of the mask on long-haul flights. Likewise, Kluge assured that it would be advisable to extend its use in public transport and other high-risk places. Another of the measures that is insisted on is vaccination, and ventilation of closed spaces.

For his part, Public Health expert Rafael Bengoa insists that Europe cannot be trusted and must tighten controls on travelers. In an interview with Europa Press, he criticized China for ending its confinement policy without preparing the exit with vaccination.

 

 

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NEW WAVE OF COVID IN NORTHERN EUROPE

NEW WAVE OF COVID IN NORTHERN EUROPE

Several countries in Europe, including the UK and Germany, have reported a significant increase in Covid-19 cases, in what is called the autumn wave. Lax public health measures, lack of knowledge about booster doses of the vaccine, as well as a perception of “false safety” could be contributing to the increase in transmission.

According to a joint official statement by the European Commission (EC) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), although the pandemic is considered to have decreased in urgency compared to last year, humanity may soon face a new wave of infections tukif.

WHO officials said that among the variants circulating in Europe are the BA.4/5 sub-variants of Omicron, which dominated this northern summer and are still behind the majority of infections. However, new sub-variants of Omicron are being tracked.

 

UK, GERMANY, ITALY, FRANCE AMONG THE WORST HIT

Last week, the WHO said cases in the European Union reached 1.5 million, up 8% from the previous week. Hospitalisation figures have also been rising in several countries in the bloc, as well as in the UK, according to CNN.

The president of the German Hospital Association, Gerhard Gaß, said on Wednesday 12 October that the country’s hospitals were at capacity. He also reported that the number of beds occupied by positive patients had increased by 50 percent compared to last week.

UK, GERMANY, ITALY, FRANCE AMONG THE WORST HIT

According to the WHO, France already has an incidence of 800 cases per 100,000 population of coronavirus. On the other hand, for the week of 4 October, admissions for Covid-19 in Italy increased by almost 32% compared to the previous week, according to data from the independent scientific foundation Gimbe cited by CNN.

 

MORE VACCINES BUT FEWER VACCINATED

Now, while the European Parliament is investigating the Pfizer contracts, new vaccines adapted to the omicron variant have been launched on the European continent. These, which have been available since September, address the BA.1 and BA.4/5 sub-variants, alongside existing first generation vaccines. While in Great Britain, they are only approved for the BA.1 sub-variant.

The authorities in these countries have approved late booster doses for a select group of people, especially the elderly and people with compromised immune systems. However, confusion over choosing which vaccine to use, as well as a false sense of security, have been two obstacles to vaccination, according to experts in the field.

MORE VACCINES BUT FEWER VACCINATED

Martin McKee, a professor of European public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said that “the message that it’s all over, coupled with the lack of a major publicity campaign, is likely to reduce uptake (of the vaccine),” as quoted by CNN.

However, the WHO insists that prevention measures and vaccination, which is “our most effective tool”, must be maintained. The agency also urges other nations to make additional efforts to protect the most vulnerable segments of the population by distributing influenza and COVID-19 vaccines.

 

 

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