Wednesday, March 3

Covid-19: WHO notes improvement, but urges us to stay on our toes

Shoppers must use common sense … This is the message from the Spanish government as the proximity of Christmas parties has drawn crowds to Madrid. Police have isolated popular areas to control population flows, the entry or exit from the autonomous community of Madrid is still not allowed except with proof, and overall it seems to work.

But, as elsewhere in Europe, authorities fear that people are lowering their level of vigilance.

The fatigue caused by the pandemic and its attendant health restrictions, and the desire to take advantage of the end-of-year holidays also worry the WHO.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization invites us to be on our guard:

“Last week we saw the first drop in contamination reported worldwide since September, thanks to a decrease in cases in Europe, thanks to the effectiveness of the difficult, but necessary measures put in place in recent weeks. good news, but it should be interpreted with extreme caution. The gains can easily be lost. “

And the pandemic is not hitting all countries at the same rate. Turkey has only just entered the hard second wave. The country went from 2,000 cases a day on November 14 to more than 31,000 on Monday. As a result, the government is putting in place this week a confinement similar to that of France and curfews during the week and at weekends.

In the United Kingdom too, the inhabitants of Wales are subject to new measures, less than three weeks after their period of drastic restrictions known as “fire breaks”. This time around, cinemas, bowling alleys and other indoor entertainment venues will be closed and the focus is on pubs and restaurants from this Friday, Welsh Prime Minister Mark Drakeford said:

“Pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes will have to close at 6 p.m. and will not be allowed to serve alcohol. After 6 p.m., they will only be able to offer take-out services.”

Elsewhere in the UK, there is another problem with the approach of the holidays and authorities are trying to address it. So, many universities are starting to test students so that they can return to their families for the Christmas holidays.

Temporary screening centers have been opened. This week, hundreds of thousands of students will therefore be screened for Covid-19 before their departure to the four corners of the country.

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