The World Well being Group mentioned on Tuesday it didn’t count on a surge of Covid-19 circumstances in China to “considerably affect” the state of affairs in Europe.
“The continuing surge in China isn’t anticipated to considerably affect the Covid-19 epidemiological state of affairs within the WHO European Area right now,” Hans Kluge, WHO’s Europe director, instructed a press convention.
However, he burdened, “we can’t be complacent”.
China’s hospitals have been overwhelmed by an explosion in circumstances since Beijing started unwinding hardline controls that had torpedoed the financial system and sparked nationwide protests.
The WHO’s European area includes 53 international locations and contains Russia and international locations in Central Asia.
The regional director additionally mentioned it was “not unreasonable for international locations to take precautionary measures to guard their populations” however known as for such measures “to be rooted in science, to be proportionate and non-discriminatory”.
Greater than a dozen international locations have slapped contemporary journey rules on travellers from China.
A bunch of European Union consultants final week “strongly inspired” the bloc’s 27 member states to demand Covid assessments from folks on flights from China and conduct random assessments on arrivals.
Mr Kluge additionally urged international locations to step up surveillance efforts akin to sequencing variants, noting that many had “tremendously decreased” their capacities.
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