Europe needs a “serious acceleration” in the fight against Kovid-19 because it is behind the virus, said Dr. W.H.
Strict lockdowns can be avoided if people stop the ship when needed, but the challenge was “not everyone does it” or the knowledge or interest in complying with the rules, the Irishman said in a briefing with the World Health Organization on Monday night.
His comments were echoed by Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan said people and contacts with Covid-19 need to act on the advice.
“There are a lot of stories of people who are symptomatic / waiting for tests and not isolated themselves, and contacts who do not control their movements.” Holohan comments.
By urging people to “spread the message, not the virus”, self-isolation means staying completely indoors and avoiding contact with all other people.
Anyone waiting for the Covid-19 test or test result should isolate themselves for 10 days, and those who live or have a close relationship with a case should limit their movements to 14 days, he said.
While the situation worsened in many European countries on Monday, there is evidence in Ireland that there has been a slight improvement in the Kovid-19 trends.
The number of new cases dropped to less than 1,000 a day on Monday, continuing a five-day average slight decline.
Of the 939 cases reported on Monday, the Republic has a total of 58,067 cases. All three deaths were reported.
The number of patients admitted to the hospital rose to 344 on Monday, compared to 26 the previous day.
In Northern Ireland, 727 cases and five deaths were reported.
An international modeling study estimates that eight percent of Irish Covid-19 deaths are due to long-term exposure to air pollution.
At least 150 Kovid-19 deaths in Ireland have been linked to air pollution. Air pollution can worsen other health conditions and have fatal consequences for Kovid-19 patients, the authors say.
At the same time, a study shows that 18 percent of health workers at Talag University Hospital have antibody evidence that they are infected with Kovid-19 – a much higher rate than the general population, which is estimated to have antibodies – 1.7 percent.
Authorities in Belgium have warned that intensive care units will be overhauled within two weeks if the current infection rate continues. Leigh doctors have been asked to continue working despite being affected by Kovid-19.
Italian citizens warned against going to other European countries. Meanwhile, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned her colleagues.