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WHO's Chief shares Eurofora Concerns + Facts on Early DeConfinement, Raises Questions, Warns, Urges+

Written by ACM
Monday, 11 May 2020

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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- A Crucial Question is obviously raised Today:  -Controversial Early DeConfinements in the EU around May 11 (2020) Risk to become a kind of September 11 (2001) in Slow Motion, or, on the Contrary, will they Succeed to Help Save Both Economic-Social Livelihoods and innocent Human Lives, Instead of precipitating a "2nd Wave" of the Deadly Virus, with even More Killings, as many People are Afraid ? (See:  http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/hastydeconfinementrisk.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/infectionsreboundinkeycountries.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/infectionsbypassopeninglimit.html)

While a full Factual "Reply" risks to Delay about 14 to 24 Days on the spot, (for well-Known Medical reasons),

Already, the International Health Organisation (WHO)'s Director General, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, speaking Today in a Press-point at Nearby Geneva, practicaly Endorsed "Eurofora"s Concerns on some Controversial Early DeConfinements.

Naturally, he Acknowledged that "Saving Lives" has "a Cost", (particularly in the way that this was often addressed, until now : See http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/hastydeconfinementrisk.html, etc), and that there was a "Serious socio-Economic Impact of the Lockdowns, which have had a Detrimental effect on many", Contrary to a wish to "Stimulate Economies", that he presented as the main Motive for Early DeConfinement, (Comp. ibid).

"Over the past Week several countries have Started lifting stay at home orders and other restrictions in a phased way", he simply noticed, (while the Most important Part of Early DeCofinement was notoriously Scheduled for this Monday, 11 of May, mainly in France, but also Elsewhere).

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- But he Warned that "Most of the Population is still Susceptible to the Virus", because "Serological studies reflect that a relatively Low percentage of the population has Antibodies to COVID-19", so that States had Both "to Protect (Human) Lives and (Economic) Livelihoods" as he resumed.

- Indeed, WHO's Director General also considered (Twice) as realistic the Hypothesis of "a Resurgence", or "an UpSwing in Cases" of Infection.  

- And he Denounced the "Challenges that may lie Ahead",  in this regard.

=> Therefore, WHO's Chief stressed that "Countries Should ask" themselves certain important "Questions "PRIOR to the (eventual) Lifting of Lock-Downs", because that "can help Determine Whether a Lockdown Can be Released, slowly, or NOT".

I.e., obviously considering as possible at least for some Countries to eventually Limit, Postpone or Drop scheduled Controversial Plans for Hasty ReConfinements, he Pointed at "3 Questions" :

 

(1) "First, is the Epidemic under Control ?"

 (This probably includes also the Transmission Rate of Infections, which should be Less than 1 : 1. See Infra).


(2) "Second, is the healthCare System able to Cope with a resurgence of cases that may arise after relaxing certain measures ?"

 (Something which is, Notoriously, Problematic, Nowadays, at least in Certain Regions in France, including that of Paris and Strasbourg, where Hospitals are Full).


(3) "Third, is the public health Surveillance system able to detect and manage the cases and their Contacts, and identify a resurgence of cases ?"

 (A very Controversial and Complicated Problem. See, among others, also, f.ex. : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/trackingeupeopleafterexposingthemtovirus.html, etc).

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>>> "However", the Head of the International Organisation Warned that "Even with Positive Answers, Releasing Lockdowns is both Complex and Difficult", at any case.

- To illustrate his warning, he spoke, particularly, about "the Signs (that) we saw", already "over the Weekend", (See Facts Infra).

- Indeed, WHO's Chief Even pointed at 3 out of the 4 Facts Observed by "Eurofora" in Germany, South Korea, and China, (skipping Only France, at least for the Moment, probably because it had Not yet Started to DeConfine then). [See  ... + ..., as well as Infra].

 

F.ex.:

 

- (a) "In the Republic of Korea, bars and clubs were shut as a confirmed case led to many contacts being traced.  

(A Tracing using Means which are very Controversial in Europe, and would have been, reportedly, Droped in France, at the Last Minute).


- (b) "In Wuhan, China, the first cluster of cases since their lockdown was lifted was identified"

 (And, even More Importantly, they Found Also anOther Cluster at a Different, North-Eastern Province).


- (c) "Germany has also reported an increase in cases since an easing of restrictions".

(In Fact, it's Also the Augmentation of the Transmission Rate of Infections, which was clearly Denounced in Germany these Days, from 0,65 Up to 1,1, where it Continues to stay).


- "Fortunately, all 3 Countries have Systems in place to Detect and Respond to a Resurgence in cases", he observed, However, at least there.

Indeed, Both Germany and South Korea, as well as China, fortunately, have very much Lower Numbers (and Percentages) of Deaths by the Virus, than Most EU Countries...

But, in Addition to those, already Mentioned Facts by "Eurofora" and the "WHO", there are Also, recently, More :

F.ex. :

- Already Today, France comes 1st among EU's Biggest Countries in the Rapidity of "Doubling" Virus' Infections within 36 Days, instead of 38 for Germany, and 40 for Italy.

And for another time yet, France is 1st among All EU Countries in the Number of Dead in one Day (about 350), while also Bypassing Now even Spain in the Total Number of Deaths (almost 27.000) [Partly UPDATED].

Meanwhile, Unfortunatly, all Europe still remains the 1st in the World for the Numbers of Both Infections (about 1.755.800) and Deaths (about 158.900).

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- Meanwhile, China just reported anOther 7 Cases of New Infections : 6 in Jilin Province, (where is Added also 1 more "Suspected" case), despite the Measures Recently taken there ("Lock-Down" of the mainly concerned City), and 1 at Shanghai ("Imported" from Abroad). [Partly UPDATED].

Curiously, WHO added Nowadays at least 1 New case of Death, (which would be the ...First in China since the Middle of April), But "Eurofora" did Not Find yet any Trace of that in Chinese mainstream Medias evoking National Official sources.

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+ More Recently reported Facts also Added an "Increase" of Deaths per Day in Spain : After the Number of 123, Growing even to 176 (i.e. +53 More). [Partly UPDATED].

(Etc+...)

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=> - Given such worrying Facts, Already Now, States must be "Keeping a Vigilant eye on the virus so that Control measures can be Quickly implemented if an Upswing in cases is identified", WHO's Chief urged.

+ Moreover, "Governments" must, at least, "Ensure that Key public Health Measures Remain in place to deal with the Challenge of Lifting Lockdowns", he added.

Indeed, "Until there is a Vaccine, the comprehensive Package of Measures (which normaly Includes, at least, some Confinement measures), is our most Effective set of Tools to tackle the virus", he stressed.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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+ On EDUCATION Establishments :

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=> "In this vein", went on to add WHO's Director General, "New Guidance was released over the Weekend regarding ...School ...reOpening" : a most Controversial and Delicate issue.

>>> So that "Decision-Makers should Reflect a number of Key factors when deciding on Whether (or NOT) and how to reOpen Schools", and Send "Children Go Back to School", he Urged.


- (1) "First, a clear Understanding about current COVID-19 Transmission and Severity of the virus in Children is Needed".

- (2) "Second, the Epidemiology of COVID-19 where the School is Geographically Located needs to be Considered".

- (3) "Third, the ability to maintain COVID-19 Prevention and Control measures withIn the School setting".

In other words, "When reflecting on the decision to reOpen schools, the ... Government should assess the Capacity of the Schools to Maintain infection Prevention and Control Measures", WHO's Chief also Urged.

Notoriously, and as Many Polls already show, (f.ex. in France, Greece, etc), Most People clearly seem to Seriously Doubt about the possibilities for such Measures, at least as things stand Nowadays, and so Early...

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(A Crowdy Open Air Market in France astonishes China's Xinhua Press Agency, as Deaths SkyRocket !)

 

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Speaking exclusively to "EuroFora", the New EU Parliament's President, former Polish Prime Minister, ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Jerzy Busek, welcomed proposals by EuroFora about innovative ways for EU Citizens to attend EU debates before important final decisions which affect people's lives.

- "We (EU Parliament) must be transparent", Buzek stressed from the outset.  "We must have clear answers also for delicate questions. If we don't touch a problem, you must know why, and when shall we decide in the nearest future".. "Because "we (EU) must think about Europeans, first of all : They don't understand well what is going on in the EU. So, it's our duty to inform them, to make discussions here more interesting".

"EuroFora" congratulated President Buzek for the anouncement he made, from the 1st day of his election in Strasbourg (on Tuesday, 14 July 2009), on his intention to make  transparent debates, exchanges of views, etc. before the final adoption of decisions in EU Parliament's Plenary, when issues are evolving inside Committees, (See earlier publication).

And we reminded, in this regard, that "EuroFora" has been advocating a project for EU Citizens' active involvement in pluralist EU debates before important EU decisions, since more than a Decade : 1997-2007+

- "Thank you. We (EU Parliament), indeed, have exciting debates", Buzek replied. But, in practice, "without a possibility for our Citizens to see them, not even by the Press, the Radio or TV, etc., because it is in Committees", he regreted.

- "But, they (i.e. Media, Citizens, etc) might interact with you, with MEPs, etc, May be we can imagine something", "EuroFora" proposed.

- "Yes, (but) it needs, a quite new idea", Buzed observed.

- "Why not through some innovations ?", "EuroFora" suggested.

- "Innovation ? That's it. Fantastic  New Information Technologies !", Buzek realized.

- "Precisely, "EuroFora" has such a project, since more than a Decade (1997-2009), to use new technologies for public debates before major EU decisions are taken", we reminded.

- "If you have such proposals, please come to us, come to us. We must" do something, agreed the new EU Parliamen's President.

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    This fits with Buzek's main stance, expressed at EU Parliament's plenary earlier this week in Strasbourg, that the European Union must succeed to overcome a "Crisis of Trust" vis a vis EU Citizens. (See previous EuroFora publication).

    For that purpose, obviously information and debates are valuable, but purely instrumental, procedural means which can help focus on, and highlight a substantial content, attractive to EU Citizens, which needs to be determined by other, political, and not mediatic factors.  

    Buzek spoke about the urgent need to overcome the Global Economic Crisis,  the struggle for Human and Civic Rights, Democracy, etc., the Eastern Partnership, links with Russia, strategic partnership with USA and emerging countries, etc.

    But he also used (while speaking both to "EuroFora" and other Media) the expression : "The Europeans", for EU Citizens. This points right towards what several important EU leaders (including French President Sarkozy, German Chancellor Merkel, etc) have started to highlight particularly during the recent years : That there is a vital need, and an historic opportunity, for the development of a European Conscience, to stimulate e renaissance of a European Identity able to attract Popular support, for the EU to become a strong player in a Multopolar World : In other words, the revitalisation of a project for a "Political Europe".

    By a coincidence, this was indirectly but surely reminded, earlier in Strasbourg, by another ... Busek (this time with a "s") : 

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    Speaking to more than 650 participants from CoE's member countries, at the conclusion of the 2009 Summer University of its Political Schools, Erhard Busek, (with an "s"), former vice-Chancellor of Austria and EU Coordinator for South-Eastern Europe, pointed at the current need to revitalize Europe's "Identity", forged by Greek philosophy and Roman Law, Christian values and Enlightment's ideas, etc. through the ages.     

- "We have almost the same name with Jerzy Buzek (EU Parliament's new President, who is a former Polish Prime Minister), because both our Families come ...from  the same village, located at the Heart of Europe, which was often shared between Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic. But my family emmigrated a long time ago to Austria, while Jerzy Buzek's family remained in Poland", explained f. vice-Chancellor Erhard Busek to "EuroFora".   

 An astonishingly concrete and simple example of European Integration from the grassroots : Starting by EU Citizens, i.e. those "Europeans", that EU Parliament's new President, Jerzy Buzek (this time with a "z"), wants to bring alongside MEP's decision-making proces, (according to "EuroFora"'s main idea : Comp. supra)...

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