The vast majority of European countries have put in place tough restrictions to control the coronavirus pandemic. Still, the World Health Organization cautions that a third wave could arrive in early 2021 to the old continent if governments repeat the “mistakes” they repeated a few months ago.
“They did not build the necessary infrastructure during the summer months, after the first wave was brought under control. Now we have the second wave and, if they do not build the necessary infrastructure, we will have a third at the beginning of next year ”, he warned David nabarro, special envoy of the WHO COVID-19, in an interview with Swiss media that has been compiled by ..
Europe concentrates a quarter of deaths
The European continent has become one of the areas most affected by the coronavirus. Accumulates 15,738,179 confirmed infections and 354,154 deaths, according to WHO data, in addition to concentrating the 28% of the infections of the whole planet Y 26% of deaths since the pandemic began. One person dies every 17 seconds from coronavirus in Europe. However, some countries have already managed to lower the incidence rate thanks to the new total confinements implemented in UK or France. For its part, Germany, Italy or Spain They have also taken measures, albeit less strict, to reduce infections. These include restrictions on mobility, limitations on social gatherings, reduced capacity or the closure of establishments.
Other countries, on the other hand, keep certain non-essential services open, according to Nabarro. Specifically, the expert gives the example of Switzerland, what keeps its ski resorts open, which could cause a “Very high level of illnesses and deaths”. “Once infection rates drop and sink, then we can be as free as we want, but now? Should ski resorts open? Under what conditions? ”He wonders.
South Korea is the great example to follow
In contrast, Nabarro has praised the management being carried out by some Asian countries such as South Korea, where the numbers of infections are relatively low: “People are engaged, with habits that make it difficult for the virus. They keep the distance, They carry mask, they isolate when they are sick, they wash their hands and all surfaces. They protect the risk groups”.
With a population similar to that of Spain, South Korea has only added 5,000 cases and 50 deaths in the last month. Our country, instead it has added more than 530,000 new positives and 8,000 deaths in the same period, which has led it to register data even worse than those of the first months of the pandemic.
Finally, the expert highlights that Asia did not rush to relax the measures, something that now advises Europe: “You must wait until the number of cases is low and remains low. Europe’s reaction was incomplete”.