Urgent targeted action need of the hour: European panel
Gulf Today|October 24, 2020
UAE reports 1,563 new COVID-19 cases, a death; India preparing to vaccinate all health workers; France’s second virus wave could be worse than first: Expert.

The EU’s disease control agency warned on Friday that transmission levels of COVID-19 in 23 member countries and the United Kingdom were now of “serious concern.” All EU countries except Cyprus, Estonia, Finland and Greece fall into that category, according to European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control’s (ECDC) latest assessment, up from only seven countries a month ago.

“The continuing increases in COVID-19 infections... pose a major threat to public health, with most countries having a highly concerning epidemiological situation,” ECDC director Andrea Ammon said in a statement.

“The impact in terms of pressure on healthcare services and mortality has become increasingly evident. With high levels of community transmission, the protection of vulnerable individuals becomes harder, and it is inevitable that more of them will develop severe disease,” she added.

The agency also said new recorded cases had been “steadily increasing since August and has shown a marked escalation in recent weeks”.

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