European Union to deploy new measures to halt COVID-19 second wave
- All member states need to roll out immediate measures at the very first sign of potential new outbreaks
- Health commissioner Stella Kyriakidesn urged member state governments to fight misinformation
- Europe has now had over five million COVID-19 cases
The European Commission urged European Union members states on Thursday, to enforce and explain social distancing and hygiene rules to halt a dangerous new wave of coronavirus infections, reported AFP.
Health commissioner Stella Kyriakides told AFP, "In some member states, the situation is now even worse than during the peak in March. This is a real cause for concern." According to her, every member state need to roll out immediate measures at the right time and at the very first sign of potential new outbreaks.
Europe has now had over five million COVID-19 cases and several countries have already begun re-imposing local lockdown rules in order to head off a return to uncontrolled spread.
The European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday warned that seven EU nations, that of Spain, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Czech Republic and Malta, are of high concern due to rising Covid-19 death rates. Although the death rate is yet to return to earlier levels, cases of new infections are soaring once again in many areas.
According to Kyriakides, some areas had clearly begun to lift restrictions too soon. She said, "What this means, to be very clear, is that the control measures taken have simply not being effective enough or not being enforced or followed as they should have been.
She added, "We cannot lower our guard. This crisis is not behind us. Moreover, winter is the time of the year for more respiratory illnesses, including seasonal influenza. Today we're here to call on everyone to act decisively... it might be our last chance to prevent a repeat of last spring."
She said that member state governments would have to fight misinformation about the virus and reach out to young people to head off protests and conspiracy theories. She also warned that the governments will have to act quickly to prevent a need for a return to generalised lockdowns, which she said would hurt the economy, education and the mental health of the public.