‘Now is not the time to relax measures’: WHO Europe
Copenhagen: Despite "positive signs" from some countries, it is too early to scale back measures aimed at containing the spread of the coronavirus, the World Health Organization's European office said Wednesday.
"Now is not the time to relax measures," WHO regional director for Europe, Hans Kluge, told a news conference.
"It is the time to once again double and triple our collective efforts to drive towards suppression with the whole support of society."
Kluge called on "all countries" to strengthen their efforts in three main areas.
Firstly, protecting health service workers, including training and making sure they have the necessary support structures.
Second, authorities needed to focus on stopping and slowing the spread of COVID-19 by using public health measures aimed at separating "healthy people from suspected and probable cases".
Third, governments and authorities had to continuously communicate with communities to make people conform to "current and possible future measures".
Several European countries have announced plans to start easing the restrictive measures introduced to curb the spread of the disease. - AFP