Hans Kluge, director of the World Health Organization in Europe, said he was “very concerned”; about the second wave in Europe, but warned against imposing national blockades as the number of cases in the region increased.
Instead, Kluge told CNN that wearing masks along with strict controls at secular gatherings could save about 281,000 lives in Europe in six months.
“The national castle is the last resort,” Kluge said, explaining that in March it was a default, but now “we know much better.”
According to Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and the World Health Organization, new coronavirus cases are accelerating rapidly in much of Europe and are now well above the growing number of new cases in the United States. The five European countries currently hardest hit by the pandemic are France, Britain, Russia, Spain and the Netherlands.
Kluge said that WHO Europe calls for “local, targeted, proportionate measures” that involve engaging with communities and avoiding social and economic side effects.
The idea of short, abrupt “switch” locks has been put forward in some countries, including the United Kingdom. Kluge said governments should consider their social impacts, including mental health and domestic violence, before using them, and a period of two to three weeks should be used to “gain time” to create an effective tracking system.