Geneva / The WHO has urged the world population to make very careful decisions about how, where and when to travel because the COVID-19 pandemic continues to accelerate.
In a digital press conference, the director for Europe of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that the coronavirus continues to expand, he advised not to let his guard down and stressed that every day there are 20,000 new cases and 700 in Europe deaths.
“The pandemic continues to accelerate. A record number of new cases were registered on Sunday, with 183,000 confirmed in 24 hours (worldwide), ”he warned.
Of the 9 million cases in the world, more than 2.5 million have been in Europe where, “despite the fact that there is a decrease in the proportion of global cases compared to the beginning of the year” the disease continues to spread.
“The last week Europe has seen a growth in weekly infections for the first time in months,” a trend that responds to the easing or ending of the restrictions brought about by the virus.
The announced risk of sprouts has already become a reality in several countries and in the last fortnight, 30 countries have seen the accumulated cases increase.
“The acceleration of transmission has led to a significant resurgence of cases that, if left unattended, will push health systems to the limit again,” warns Kluge.
However, the CEO also highlights the achievements and progress made.
Kluge congratulated Poland, Germany, Spain and Israel for “responding quickly” and controlling “the dangerous COVID-19 outbreaks associated with the reopening of schools, coal mines and food production centers” that have occurred recently.
Another positive point is that “several health ministers have reported a change in people’s behavior, mainly that they are respecting physical distancing and wearing masks”, fundamental preventive measures at this time when the pandemic has ended life of about 480,000 people in the world.
COVID-19 surveillance systems
Kluge also referred to the surveillance systems of COVID-19, and urged countries to “improve the only way we have to minimize transmission: locate, isolate and care for each case and find and quarantine all its contacts” .
In this sense, digital technologies “play a leading role” and have proven to be effective.
There are 27 countries that have developed solutions to digitally locate contacts in Europe and four others are developing them, but Kluge also noted that digital technologies, powerful tools to fight COVID-19, must be ensured that they do not affect the rights of citizens, especially privacy.
He advises that first “let’s go digital, but with wisdom.” Second: “Let’s build people’s trust”, respecting their privacy and the security of their data. And third: “we cannot afford that people cannot access digital health”, so the digital gap must be reduced (between 74 and 87% of households have internet at home in Europe).
Before the holiday season and the opening of borders, the WHO urges the population to make very careful decisions about how, where and when to travel. (June 25, 2020, EFE / PracticaEspañol)
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