China’s Covid surge not to affect Europe ‘significantly,’ says WHO

Copenhagen, Jan 10 (EFE).- The ongoing surge of Covid-19 cases in China, which has rapidly dismantled its strict zero tolerance approach to the virus, is unlikely to have a significant impact on Europe, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.

Hans Kluge, the WHO’s Europe director, said coronavirus variants currently circulating in China “have already been seen in Europe and elsewhere,” but warned that to “better ascertain the evolving situation,” they will need to have detailed information from Beijing about the virus sequencing.

The latest remarks from the WHO concur with recent conclusions offered by the European Centre for Disease Control, which highlighted the high immunization and vaccination levels among Europe’s population.

The regional director added that precautionary travel measures for inbound travelers from China were “not unreasonable,” but called for them to be “rooted in science, to be proportionate and non-discriminatory.”

On January 27, a WHO committee will meet to evaluate if the Covid-19 pandemic should still be considered a global emergency. EFE


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