If Europe does not create the necessary infrastructure to combat the spread of the coronavirus, then the third wave of the epidemic will begin at the beginning of 2021. This was stated by the Special Envoy of the World Health Organization (WHO) David Nabarro in an interview with the Swiss media company CH Media.
Nabarro notes that European countries have failed to prevent a second wave of COVID-19 after they managed to take control of the first.
“The reaction in Europe has been insufficient. They missed the opportunity to build the necessary infrastructure in the summer months after taking control of the first wave. And now they have a second wave. If they do not build the necessary infrastructure now, they will start the third wave at the beginning of next year, ”the news portal leads. Swissinfo his words.
The WHO special envoy believes that the problem lies in the insufficiently good infrastructure to fight the coronavirus in local communities – churches, schools, sports and social organizations. There, according to him, they can better provide people with the necessary information on the pandemic, better control the population and respond quickly in case of outbreaks of infection.
Nabarro added that many Western European countries are faced with the task of “getting the virus back under control” without resorting to a lockdown, for which a “high price” is paid.
Speaking about the states of East Asia, the expert noted that the situation with the coronavirus is better here, for example, due to the fact that the population follows social distance measures, wears masks and gloves, and uses antiseptics.
Earlier on Sunday, Johns Hopkins University reported that the number of recorded cases of COVID-19 in the world over the past day exceeded 58 million. A total of 1,378,866 patients with confirmed disease died. More than 37 million people have recovered. Over the entire period of the epidemic, 58,014,491 people fell ill.
On November 19, WHO expressed concern about the epidemiological situation with coronavirus in the world, stressing that, according to statistics, a patient with this infection dies every 17 seconds in Europe. The organization predicted a worsening of the situation with this disease.
The spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes the COVID-19 disease, began at the end of December last year. The Chinese city of Wuhan became the hotbed of infection. For several months, the disease has spread to more than 210 countries of the world. On March 11, WHO declared a coronavirus pandemic.