The European Union has asked the governments of the Old World countries not to reduce the 14-day quarantine for people infected with COVID-19, due to the fact that many patients develop the disease even two weeks after a recorded negative test. This was stated by the head of the bloc’s health Agency, signaling a new surge in cases in Europe.
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“We aim to provide decision – makers with evidence of the risks they risk taking if the quarantine is shorter,” Andrea Ammon, head of the European centre for disease prevention and control (ECDC), told a regular hearing in the European Parliament on Wednesday, according to Reuters. She warned that in 3-4 percent of cases, infections occur only after 14 days, which currently corresponds to the standard duration of COVID-19 quarantine in European countries.
Germany told the EU leadership that it plans to reduce the duration of the quarantine after similar steps taken by the authorities of the Netherlands and Norway at the end of August. According to the decision of the German authorities, from October 1, German citizens returning from high-risk regions abroad will be placed in quarantine for five days instead of 14, as now.
At the same time, experts say, the partial weakening of COVID-19 prevention measures occurs as a new increase in cases is observed in most European countries. “The virus has not slept all summer. He didn’t need a vacation,” Ammon told lawmakers. According to her, now on average in Europe there are 46 cases of infection per 100 thousand people. The data, which relate to 27 EU countries, great Britain, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, varied greatly in different States from an indicator of 2 to 176 cases per 100 thousand people, said Ammon, without specifying statistics for specific countries. “We are almost back to the indicators we saw in March,” the head of the European health Agency said, referring to the beginning of a pandemic in Europe. According to the ECDC, in March, the number of infections in Europe began to grow steadily, from a figure of about 40 per 100 thousand people at the end of the month, to about 70 per 100 thousand people by the end of April.
The current increase in cases is partly due to additional testing. However, new cases of infection mainly affect young people who have visited discos, night clubs, beaches, etc. According to Ammon, the number of hospitalizations among older Europeans has also increased dramatically in the past few days.