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Choosing the rule you want greatest – European Fee chief ignores EU Covid tips on quarantine size

Picking the rule you like best – European Commission chief ignores EU Covid guidelines on quarantine length


Regardless of EU tips suggesting Ursula von der Leyen ought to be quarantining for an additional seven days, the fee head has stated that she’s going to proceed her self-isolation till Tuesday night solely.

The fee chief started her isolation on Monday morning, following the announcement that she had participated in a gathering final Tuesday with a Portuguese councillor, Antonio Lobo Xavier, who has examined constructive for coronavirus. Xavier solely examined constructive for Covid on Sunday which explains why the EC president was not isolating on the finish of final week.

On Monday night, von der Leyen stated that she had examined unfavorable once more for coronavirus and that she would proceed her self-isolation for in the future, consistent with the “laws in drive,” a reference to the foundations in Belgium.

By ending her isolation on Tuesday, von der Leyen is selecting to adjust to Belgian regulation, which is the place the European Fee is headquartered. Nevertheless, her resolution additionally implies that the fee head is snubbing European tips on quarantine size.

EU tips, strengthened in a publication by the European Centre for Illness Prevention and Management in September, recommends a 14-day quarantine for a anybody who has been involved with a SARS-CoV-2 case; this may be shortened to 10 days, if the individual checks unfavorable on day 10.

Belgium is one in all various nations to have shortened the necessary quarantine interval. On October 1, its Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes decreased the minimal quarantine interval from 14 to seven days, making it one of many shortest in Europe, regardless of the nation rising as an epicenter for the Covid second wave. 

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In September the European Fee referred to as on member governments to ascertain a extra coordinated strategy to deal with coronavirus. The EC’s proposal pushed for the institution of frequent standards to evaluate epidemiological threat, for the implementation of frequent measures governing the arrival and return of vacationers, in addition to for the availability of clear and complete info on journey restrictions.

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