the Virus is not defeated, he is still among us. And in some countries, such as Armenia, Azerbaijan and Israel, as noted by Kluge, a small increase is observed of new cases of coronavirus. The fact that some countries, such as Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan, over the last few weeks has revised its testing strategy.
Only in the European region revealed more than 2.2 million million cases COVID-19. Died more than 181 thousand people. “Despite the fact that the weekly number of detected cases fell by almost half compared to April, the risk remains very high,” said Kluge. He stressed that the who continues to support countries in addressing such issues as management of patients, laboratory diagnosis, epidemiology, surveillance, logistics and delivery of materials. And thanked Russia for its contribution to the operational work, for giving to a charity teams of medical services, mobile labs and specialists.
According to Kluge, all countries of the European region made a serious effort to use scientifically based data and recommendations of experts in solving difficult problems in a difficult situation. But too early to relax. “Out of isolation is a transition to the “new normal”. It needs to be based on the principles of public health, taking into account social and economic factors. The main principle for managers at all levels are moving gradually and we do it with caution,” said Kluge.
He believes that the second wave of the coronavirus is not inevitable. But due to the fact that more and more countries remove restrictions, the risk of recurrence of a pandemic increases. The second wave can be very destructive. “It should be remembered that today our situation is no better than it was in the beginning of the year. We still have no vaccine or treatment for COVID-19. The good news is that we learned a lot after the first wave. If there is a new surge, we will be better prepared. We better understand the virus, what measures work, how to cooperate and respect the principle of involving the whole society,” – said the who representative.
He recalled that in Asia, which took the brunt of the coronavirus, now there are repeated cases. This happens every time weakens the control. “That’s why monitoring of the epidemic is very important for fast response. Effective measures – this is when we identify, isolate, and examine all suspicious cases; transfer to quarantine and monitor the state of health of all diseased and in-contact with them; prepared, if necessary, re-introduction of some restrictions,” said Kluge. He believes that the virus will remain with us for a long time – at least until then, until safe in��czina or treatment method.