The European Centre Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) mentioned in a brand new report that international locations within the EU and European Economic Area “should expect increased numbers of Covid-19 cases due to the gradual spread and possible dominance of the variants with increased transmissibility.”

AFP

UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2021 11:36 PM IST

The EU illness company ECDC on Thursday urged international locations to organize extra stringent measures and pace up vaccine campaigns within the coming weeks due to the dangers of extra infectious variants of the novel coronavirus.

The European Centre Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) mentioned in a brand new report that international locations within the EU and European Economic Area “should expect increased numbers of Covid-19 cases due to the gradual spread and possible dominance of the variants with increased transmissibility.”

“The key message is to prepare for a rapid escalation of the stringency of response measures in the coming weeks to safeguard healthcare capacity and to accelerate vaccination campaigns,” the company mentioned.

According to the company the “rate and scale” of the unfold would rely on the extent of prevention measures and adherence to these measures.

The ECDC mentioned that some 16,800 circumstances of a brand new extra infectious variant of the novel coronavirus had been recognized within the UK, the place it was first found and a few 2,000 circumstances in 60 international locations all over the world as of Tuesday, of which 1,300 circumstances had been in 23 international locations within the EU and EEA space.

Around 570 circumstances of one other variant, additionally extra infectious, first found in South Africa have been detected in 23 international locations, with 27 circumstances in 10 EU/EEA international locations, along with the 349 circumstances confirmed in South Africa as of January 13.

The ECDC additionally urged members to observe modifications in transmission charges or an infection severity to establish and assess the circulation and affect of variants, and likewise to organize laboratories for elevated testing.

It additionally mentioned international locations ought to improve the variety of vaccination centres and vaccination employees to hurry up the rollout of the Covid-19 jabs.

Even although many international locations have already begun vaccinations and have strict measures in place the ECDC cautioned towards enjoyable measures, “since the population groups driving transmission will not be targeted with vaccination for some months.”

It mentioned due to the proof of upper transmissibility of the brand new variants, authorities must be able to implement even stricter measures, “communicating and engaging with the population to encourage compliance”.

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