WHO regional director urges EU nations to maintain up with virus quarantine

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The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) regional director, Hans Kluge on Thursday warned EU nations towards shortening the two-week quarantine interval, because the continent is reporting “alarming rates of transmission” of the virus.

“Knowing the immense individual and societal impact even a slight reduction in the length of quarantine can have … I encourage countries of the region to make scientific due process with their experts and explore safe reduction options,” Kluge mentioned throughout a web-based press convention from Copenhagen.

He added that strict lockdowns firstly of the pandemic had paid off, whereas now weekly circumstances exceeded these reported when the pandemic first peaked in Europe in March.

“In June cases hit an all-time low. The September case numbers, however, should serve as a wake-up call for all of us,” WHO’s regional director mentioned, including that greater than half of EU international locations had famous an increase in infections larger than 10% up to now two weeks.

Kluge confused that international locations may solely scale back the quarantine interval whether it is scientifically justified, with Katie Smallwood, the organisation’s senior well being emergency officer saying that “We would only revise that on a basis of a change in our understanding of the science, and so far that’s not the case.”

She added that “a 14-day quarantine is important for patients that have been exposed to the virus.”

WHO’s name got here a day after Europe’s Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) warned over the growing variety of COVID-19 circumstances within the EU/EEA space and within the UK citing it had been on the rise for greater than 50 days in a row.