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‘Twindemic’: EU officers warn of flu & coronavirus combine, inform governments to maintain their guard up

‘Twindemic’: EU officials warn of flu & coronavirus mix, tell governments to keep their guard up

European Union officers have urged member states to do all the pieces doable to sluggish the contemporary wave of Covid-19 infections because the area’s annual flu season begins, with a view to keep away from new lockdowns.

“This disaster just isn’t behind us. We’re at a decisive second,” EU Commissioner for Well being Stella Kyriakides informed reporters in Brussels on Thursday. As winter approaches, she warned of the chance of a doubtlessly deadly “twindemic of Covid-19 and the flu.”

Kyriakides urged governments to encourage folks to get seasonal flu vaccines and cling to social distancing measures to cut back transmission of the coronavirus. “This is likely to be our final probability to stop a repeat of final spring,” she mentioned.

The up to date danger evaluation concerning the Covid-19 pandemic, printed by the European Centre for Illness Prevention and Management (ECDC) on Thursday, says that case “notification charges have elevated steadily throughout the EU and the UK since August.”

On the similar time, seasonal flu viruses trigger between 4 and 50 million infections annually throughout the European area, and an estimated 15,000 to 70,000 Europeans die annually from causes linked to flu, in keeping with the ECDC.

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“At the moment’s new danger evaluation clearly reveals us that we can not decrease our guard,” Kyriakides mentioned.
ECDC Director Andrea Ammon commented on the worrying improve within the variety of Covid-19 circumstances detected in Europe, noting: “Till there’s a secure and efficient vaccine obtainable, speedy identification, testing, and quarantine of high-risk contacts are a few of the best measures to cut back transmission.”

Swedish PM Stefan Lofven additionally mentioned on Thursday that the coronavirus scenario in Europe is worsening. “In Sweden, the scenario is relatively extra steady, however we additionally see indicators that the variety of infections is growing in sure areas in our nation,” Lofven famous. “That’s worrying. It requires that we tighten our conduct.”

The PM known as on Swedes to stick to the rules for social distancing and good hygiene. Sweden’s response to the pandemic is usually singled out, because the nation has not imposed a normal lockdown.

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