China’s COVID surge is not expected to have ‘significant impact’ on Europe: WHO


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The World Health Organization on Tuesday said it did not expect a rise in COVID-19 cases in China to have a “significant impact” on the situation in Europe.

Hans Kluge, WHO Director for Europe, said in a press conference: “It is anticipated that the ongoing increase in the outbreak in China will not significantly affect the COVID-19 epidemiological situation in the Region. WHO Europe at this time.”

However, he stressed, “we cannot be complacent”.

China’s hospitals have been overwhelmed by an explosive number of cases since Beijing began easing tough controls that have taken a toss on the economy and sparked protests. nationwide love.

The WHO European Region covers 53 countries and includes Russia and countries in Central Asia.

The regional director also said it was “not unreasonable for countries to take precautions to protect their people” but called for such measures to be “rooted in science, proportionate and not discrimination”.

More than a dozen countries have enacted new travel regulations for visitors from China.

A group of European Union experts last week “strongly encouraged” the bloc’s 27 member states to require COVID testing of people on flights from China and to conduct random testing of the virus. newcomers.

Kluge also called on countries to step up surveillance efforts such as sequencing variants, noting that many have “significantly degraded” their capacity.

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