WHO urges Europeans to wear masks over the holidays

Dec, 16th 2020 – The World Health Organization has urged Europeans to wear masks during family gatherings at Christmas.

It said Europe was at high risk of a new wave of coronavirus infections in the early part of 2021.

Meanwhile European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, says the first Covid vaccine, would be authorised for use within a week.

Across the continent, countries have been registering thousands of cases daily and hundreds of deaths.

Germany was among the countries that tightened restrictions on Wednesday, clossing schools and non-essential businesses.

According to a statement from WHO European regional office, the massive increase in gatherings of friends and family across Europe during the winter holiday season brought a significant risk of increased Covid-19 transmission.

According to WHO, “It may feel awkward to wear masks and practise physical distancing when around friends and family, but doing so contributes significantly to ensuring that everyone remains safe and healthy.”

WHO added, “Vulnerable people and older friends or relatives may find it very difficult to ask loved ones to stay away physically, regardless of the anxieties or concerns they may have. Consider what others may be feeling and the difficult decisions they will be facing.”

They also urge people to avoid crowded public transport and has suggested that countries with ski resorts to take steps to adapt them to avoid crowding during the skiing season.

Europe Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen said that the first vaccine would be authorized for use within a week.

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