Europe must prepare for a second deadly wave of the coronavirus in the winter, a top World Health Organisation chief has warned. Dr Hans Kluge, director for the WHO European region, said he was ‘very concerned’ a surge in infections would coincide with other seasonal diseases such as the flu. He said now is the time to strengthen health care systems by increasing bed capacity so that countries are ready to brace more patients. He also cautioned that now is the time for ‘preparation, not celebration’ across Europe – even if daily numbers of cases and deaths are dwindling. Today the UK announced 170 deaths – the lowest since the lockdown was put in place – but the Government is wary this could be reversed if the lockdown is eased too quickly. Dr Hans Kluge, director for the WHO European region, said he was ‘very concerned’ a second wave of the coronavirus would coincide with other seasonal diseases such as the flu Spain, Italy and France, all of which have been severely impacted by the deadly virus, are now showing positive signs of recovery. Dr Kluge stressed that, as the number of cases of COVID-19 in countries such as the… Read full this story
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