WHO suggests that Europe will experience a “quiet” COVID-19 period after the current case has subsided.


The World Health Organization on Monday suggested that Europe would experience a “quiet” COVID-19 period before the virus returned to the end of the year, although there was no complete pandemic.

Hans Kluge, WHO’s European Regional Director, said by March 60 Europeans before the highly infectious Omicron variant of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus that causes COVID-19 was gradually reduced for some time. Told Agence France-Presse that it could be infected. Above all, we appreciate the increase in immunity and vaccination worldwide.

Omicron cases are widespread in several European countries, and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the EU health agency, states that the overall level of risk to public health is “very high.” increase.

Earlier this month, the ECDC is expected to have more cases in the coming weeks, driven by Omicron variants, increasing labor shortages for healthcare and other essential workers, and many EU accessions. He said he warned of potential difficulties in testing and contact tracing capabilities in the country.

However, as the number of cases across Europe declines, “there is global immunity for quite a few weeks to months, either because of vaccines or because of infection-induced immunity and reduced seasonality,” Kruge said. Says.

“Therefore, we expect a quiet time for COVID-19 to return towards the end of the year, but not necessarily a pandemic,” he said.

Kruge commented after Dr. Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Advisor of the White House, said on Sunday that he was “as confident as possible” that most of the United States would reach its peak of Omicron infection in mid-February. It is.

“Looking at the patterns seen in South Africa, the United Kingdom, Israel, the Northeast, New England and the Upper Midwest, they have peaked, [are] It started to fall pretty sharply, “Fauci told ABC” this week. “

There are still some southern and western states where the number of cases continues to increase, but if the pattern follows the downward trend seen elsewhere, such as in the northeast, the United States will see a similar “national turnaround.” “It will be.” Forch said.

However, the director of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases warned that he would be “overconfident” about the virus and its potential national effects.

He also said that “a little more pain and distress from hospitalization” may still be seen in regions of the country that have not been fully vaccinated with COVID-19 or have not received booster shots. ..

Kluge on Monday also warned that the virus was not so serious and it was premature to predict endemic disease, noting that new variants could still emerge.

“There’s a lot of talk about endemic, but endemic … means it’s possible to predict what will happen. This virus was astonishing. [us] We have to be very careful, as it is so many times, “Kruge said.

WHO’s comments come from more and more European countries withdrawing the COVID-19 restriction due to reduced hospitalizations and data suggesting that Omicron cases have peaked.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that since January 27, British people no longer need to wear masks or prove vaccinated in public.

Fully vaccinated people arriving in the UK will no longer face testing requirements after February 11.

France’s Prime Minister Jean Castex said Thursday that the country would begin to withdraw restrictions within a few weeks, pointing out improvements in the country’s COVID-19 cases and hospitalization.

Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez also told reporters on January 10 that the European Union should consider being infected with COVID-19 in the same way as influenza.

“The situation is not what we faced a year ago,” Sanchez said. Radio interview With Spanish Cadenasale. “I think we need to evaluate the evolution of COVID from the pandemics we have faced to endemic diseases.”

However, Austria is approaching implementing COVID-19 vaccination obligations for most adults after the House of Representatives voted in favor of the proposal on Thursday.

Catabella Roberts

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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.