Expert warns too early to relax restrictions despite flatter virus curve in EU

The latest wave of coronavirus infections in the European Union is flattening or diminishing in some, but not all, countries on the continent, an expert has said.

However, the head of the continent’s disease control center said it is too early to relax current virus restrictions.

Andrea Ammon, director of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, said it is alarming that the death rate caused by Covid-19 across Europe is still rising – last week it was 95 per million people, compared to 84 the week before.

Ms. Ammon also noted that the utilization rate of intensive care units was 91% last week, meaning that “some countries are probably already at the limit”.

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She spoke at a virtual meeting of politicians responsible for European affairs in all EU member states and in the European Parliament.

Ms Ammon also said that there are still challenges when it comes to testing and contact tracking and that EU countries need to harmonize their medical records.

On Monday, more than 13 million cases of coronavirus were reported in the EU and more than 319,700 people in the bloc died from Covid-19.

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