Europe may soon enter COVID-19 “ceasefire”, long-term tranquility: WHO Europe Director

The World Health Organization (WHO) director of Europe said Thursday that the continent could soon enter a “ceasefire” and “long-term tranquility” due to a CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic.

Dr. Hans Kruge said that the increase in immunity to Omicron by either vaccine or innate immunity, the “favorable seasonal pause” as Europe approaches the end of winter, and the Omicron variant as the reason for the quieter period. Listed the less serious nature of.

Talk to reporters From Geneva, he said: “This period of higher protection should be seen as a’ceasefire’that can bring us lasting peace. “

“This situation, which we have never experienced in this pandemic, gives us long-term tranquility and the potential for a much higher level of population defense against the resurgence of infection, even with more toxic mutants. leave behind.”

Despite a more optimistic view, Kruge vaccinated and boosted European countries to maintain immunity and monitor strains to detect new variants of the CCP virus that cause COVID-19. I warned you to continue the campaign.

He also urged the European government to continue to promote “self-defense behavior and personal responsibility” such as social distance and hand disinfection to limit the unnecessary socio-economic effects of the virus.

When a new variant of COVID emerges, Mr. Kruge said he believes it is possible for the European government to respond in a way that does not require the “destructive measures” previously required.

But Kruge also warned that while “(the pandemic) isn’t over now,” “there is only one opportunity to control the transmission.”

WHO Europe’s director’s comment comes from the fact that the continent has recorded 12 million new COVID-19 cases in the past week. This is the highest number of cases each week since the start of the pandemic.

These numbers are primarily caused by highly contagious variants of Omicron that spread from west to east, Kruge said, with 30% of all COVID-19 cases since the outbreak of the pandemic this year alone. He added that it was reported.

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the EU’s health agency, states that the overall level of risk to public health in Europe is “very high.”

However, while hospitalizations continue to increase, especially in countries with low vaccination rates, the less serious nature of Omicron means that authorities have not seen a significant surge in people in need of significant hospital care. Means.

As a result, countries across Europe have begun to relax the rules and restrictions of COVID-19 in recent weeks as they learn to coexist with the virus.

At the end of January, the United Kingdom lifted several restrictions that came into force in December after a case of Omicron was found in the country.

British people no longer need to wear masks in closed areas and no longer need the NHS COVID pass, which was previously required to attend nightclubs and large events, but organizations are required. You can choose to use your vaccine passport.

Elsewhere in the Netherlands, which has been severely blocked since mid-December, the Dutch government last month announced the lifting of restrictions on January 26, to allow the hospitality industry to welcome customers again.

The Danish government has also decided that “COVID-19 should not be classified as a socially significant illness after January 31, 2022” and lifts virtually all previously enforced restrictions. did.

France relaxed some restrictions on vaccinated residents last week, but unvaccinated people over the age of 16 have domestic and interregional trains, restaurants and bars, sporting events and cinemas. , Theaters and other venues are locked out.

On Thursday, the Swedish government announced that it would end all COVID-19 restrictions on February 9.

“It’s time to reopen Sweden,” Prime Minister Magdalena Anderson said at a news conference. “The pandemic isn’t over, but we’re in a whole new stage,” she said.

Catabella Roberts


Katabella Roberts is a reporter currently based in Turkey. She focuses primarily on the United States and covers the news and business of The Epoch Times.