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WHO says getting the worsening Covid outbreak underneath management could require ‘sacrifice for a lot of, many individuals’

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A waiter prepares to shut a bar-restaurant on Piazza Navona in Rome on October 26, 2020, because the nation faces a second wave of infections to the Covid-19 (the novel coronavirus).

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The World Health Organization warned Monday that some international locations could must shut down their nonessential companies once more as a technique to take the “heat” out of their worsening coronavirus outbreaks.

WHO officers mentioned they’re nonetheless hopeful most international locations will not must impose nationwide lockdowns, which have been imposed by some world leaders earlier within the 12 months as a technique to sluggish the unfold of the virus. But as Covid-19 instances now speed up throughout the Northern Hemisphere, significantly within the United States and Europe, some international locations could must impose these stricter mitigation measures once more, the company mentioned.

“We’re well behind this virus,” Dr. Mike Ryan, govt director of the WHO’s well being emergencies program, mentioned throughout a press convention on the company’s Geneva headquarters. “We will have to get ahead of this virus, and [that] may require sacrifice for many, many people in terms of their personal lives.”

“It may require shutting down and restricting movement and having stay-at-home orders in order to take the heat out of this phase of the pandemic,” he added.

Outside the U.S., at the very least seven international locations, 4 of them in Europe, reported file highs in common every day new instances on Sunday, based on a CNBC evaluation of information from Johns Hopkins University. When adjusting for inhabitants, the variety of new infections in Europe has overtaken that within the United States, with Europe reporting 324 new Covid-19 instances per 1 million individuals, based mostly on a seven-day common, in contrast with 209 new Covid-19 instances per 1 million individuals within the U.S.

Overall, Europe, which incorporates 27 European Union international locations and the U.Ok., is seeing practically 168,000 new instances per day.

In the U.S., instances are additionally accelerating. As of Sunday, the U.S. has reported a median of about 68,767 new instances day-after-day, the best seven-day common recorded but, based on Hopkins information. The U.S. reported 60,789 new Covid instances Sunday after every day instances reached 83,757 on Friday, passing the final file of roughly 77,300 instances seen on July 16, Hopkins information exhibits. Hospitalizations and the speed of exams which are constructive are additionally on the rise.

In August, the WHO mentioned that younger individuals had turn into the first drivers of the unfold of the virus in lots of international locations. But WHO officers mentioned Monday that they’re seeing the outbreak start to “leak” into extra susceptible populations and older age teams. “We are seeing a creeping up in the average age,” Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO’s technical lead, mentioned on the convention.

The WHO instructed world leaders that they can’t “have the economic recovery” they need and “live our lives the way we did before” the pandemic. “A pandemic is not a political football. Wishful thinking or deliberate diversion will not prevent transmissions or save lives,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus mentioned.

The company additionally criticized some international locations for not investing in mitigation efforts in the course of the first wave of the pandemic.

“When we look across Europe as a whole, you could certainly ask yourself the question of whether there was enough invested through the first wave and ensuring there were full and adequate resources in each of those critical areas,” Ryan mentioned.

“We are seeing a large number of cases, we are seeing widespread disease, we are seeing very, very high positivity rates and an increasing lack of capacity to do any effective form of contact tracing,” he added.


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