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COVID in Europe: China’s rise not a cause for problem ‘at this time’ says WHO, as XBB. 1 . 5 virus spreads

The move appears to be in response to COVID-19 testing requirements lately imposed by those countries on travellers from Cina. The  new strain has been “picked up in little, but growing numbers , and we are working to assess its potential impact, ” he said. “With numerous countries grappling with overstretched health systems, shortages within essential medicines and a good exhausted health workforce –  we cannot pay for more pressures on our wellness systems . ” 

Restrictions ‘not unreasonable’

UNICEF/Bruno Amsellem/Divergence The WHO mature official acknowledged that China and taiwan had shared virus sequencing information, but he become a huge hit for more “detailed and normal information”, especially concerning local epidemiology and variants “to better assess the evolving situation”. But he mentioned it was important for the precautionary travel measures being presented by European countries “ to be rooted in technology, to be proportionate and non-discriminatory ”.

Visas halted

A notice posted within Seoul reportedly said the ban would continue till South Korea lifts the “discriminatory entry measures” towards China.   “We discuss the current view of the Euro Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) that this ongoing surge in China is not anticipated to significantly impact the COVID-19 epidemiological scenario in the WHO European Area at this time. ” In the first 5 weeks of 2022, variant information on 1 . 2 million cases was submitted included in weekly surveillance data towards the WHO and the ECDC. The message comes as Chinese embassies suspended issuing new visas to get South Koreans and Western visitors on Tuesday. The announcement covered tourist, business and some other visa categories.

A three-year-old child at home in Lyon, France, during a COVID-19 lockdown.
Dr .   Hans Kluge , head of the World Wellness Organization for Europe, explained that this is because the two variations circulating in China are already present in European countries, according to information provided by the Chinese authorities.

Finally, Dr Kluge urged countries across Europe and Central Asia to step up attempts to put effective strategies in position to combat the distribute of COVID-19 and avoid getting complacent.  

Warning against complacency

He recommended European countries, including Denmark, Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom, which have maintained strong genomic surveillance and pointed out that their latest data has started to suggest the growing presence from the new  XBB. 1 . 5 recombinant virus, produced from the Omicron variant, which has already been spreading rapidly over the United States .   A three-year-old child at home in Lyon, France, during a COVID-19 lockdown. At least ten countries in Europe, United states and Asia have announced new virus testing needs for travellers from China and taiwan, with officials expressing issue about a lack of adequate details about rapidly spreading virus breakouts in China. Dr Kluge anxious that countries must build upon the lessons discovered over the last three years and be able to foresee, detect and respond on time to SARS-CoV-2, and any kind of emerging health threat.  

XBB. 1 . five spreading

Nevertheless , this declined to about 90, 000 cases within the last 5 weeks of the season.   Dr Kluge also declared that travel restrictions by Europe on visitors from China and taiwan were “ not really unreasonable…while we are waiting for more detailed information   which is shared through publicly offered databases”. In 2 further messages to the WHO HAVE European Region, Dr Kluge warned against countries greatly reducing their surveillance convenience of COVID-19.


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