US News Covid-19: seven EU countries, including Spain, in a worrying health situation

01:12  25 september  2020
01:12  25 september  2020 Source:   france24.com

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Seven countries of the European Union, including Spain, show an evolution of the Covid-19 epidemic causing "great concern", affirms Thursday the European Center for Prevention and Control of Diseases. France is in another sub-group “with worrying trends”.

The coronavirus is returning to several European countries and is causing some “great concern”, explains the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). In a new report published on Thursday 24 September, this European Union agency based in Stockholm, Sweden, focuses its concerns on seven European Union countries: Spain, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Malta.

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Countries across Europe are seeing a resurgence in COVID - 19 cases after successfully slowing Some countries — such as Albania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Montenegro, North Macedonia France, Poland, the Netherlands and Spain are likely dealing with the much-feared second wave and

As Covid - 19 infections spike to record numbers, European governments are imposing strict local measures and weighing up further lockdowns in a bid to halt a second wave of the "Of those, seven countries have seen newly reported cases increase more than two-fold in the same period," he said.

This group of countries shows "a higher proportion of severe cases or hospitalizations", with an increase in mortality "already observed" or "which could be soon", according to the ECDC. And the European agency responsible for monitoring epidemics continues: “In some local / regional areas of these countries, healthcare delivery is already under pressure, with high occupancy of hospital beds and nursing units. intensive care, as well as high levels (regarding) fatigue of healthcare workers. ”

The concern in these seven countries stems in particular from the fact that the increase in cases concerns the elderly. “The improvements that have been made in case management, treatment and care are still not enough to prevent serious illness and death for a large proportion of vulnerable patients,” says ECDC. Therefore, the overall risk of Covid-19 in these countries is rated as “high for the general population” and “very high for the vulnerable”.

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Difficult protection

Other European countries “with worrying trends”, according to the European agency, see above all increases in cases of Covid-19 in younger adults, and therefore less at risk. This sub-group includes France, the United Kingdom, Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Belgium and Sweden.

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“The impact of the disease is still low, (with) a moderate overall risk of Covid-19 for the general population” in these countries, notes the ECDC.

But in recent days, the majority of this category "seems to be approaching the criteria for classification of great concern", especially due to new cases in the elderly, the agency said. According to ECDC, “It should be noted that with a high volume of transmission continuing for several weeks, protecting vulnerable people becomes difficult. And since the impact in these groups is very high, the risk for this population remains very high. ”

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The World Health Organisation declared the COVID - 19 outbreak a pandemic on 11 March. France has seen a resurgence of COVID - 19 infections, with the most recent daily record high of 13,498 Some restrictive measures, including the requirement to wear masks while outdoors and in shared

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A level of immunity “below 15%” in most regions of the EU

Finally, the remaining countries, where the risk is “low” for the general population and “moderate”, are considered to be in a stable situation. for people at risk: Germany, Italy, Poland, Finland, Greece, Cyprus, Lithuania and, outside the EU, Norway.

ECDC stresses that in the EU "the vulnerability of the population remains high": "The available data from seroprevalence studies suggest that the level of immunity in the population is below 15% in most regions of the world. 'EU and UK ", explains the agency. And it continues:" As a vaccine will not be available in the short term, the vulnerability of the population to infection remains high. On this basis, the overall probability of 'infection is very high "in part of the EU countries.

" Most people can still be infected, "ECDC director Andrea Ammon stressed during an online press conference with European Commissioner Stella Kyriakides. "What we are seeing in many countries, not just in Spain, is that a large part of the current contamination is due to private gatherings, large family dinners or all kinds of meetings with friends or relatives ", she underlined.

The boss On the other hand, the ECDC has refused to call for a general closure of shops, restaurants or bars. "It depends on how it is possible or not to provide" basic measures "of physical distancing in those places, she said.

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