The impact of the third wave of coronavirus on Europe is predicted: the president of the Robert Koch Institute, Professor Lothar Wheeler, said at a press conference of the Association of Foreign Correspondents Accredited to the UN Geneva office that this may happen in the near future.
According to him, if enough people are not vaccinated, the restrictions will have to be returned in the fall.
The expert noted that Europe should be afraid of the beginning of the third wave of COVID-19. “I don’t want to comment on other countries, we can all see the numbers. As for Germany, we are beginning the third wave. We have clear signals. And it is clear that public health measures, including reducing contact and wearing masks, are still valid, “ Wheeler said.
He called on other States to continue to comply with restrictive measures to combat the pandemic. Wheeler stressed that Germany must “vaccinate as many people as possible in the shortest possible time”, otherwise there will be too many serious cases of infection in the country, which the authorities will not be able to cope with.
Earlier in March, a new threat to Europe was named due to the coronavirus. Spanish newspaper El Pais reported that in a number of countries, the birth rate has fallen sharply. So, in Spain, in December 2020 and January 2021, the birth rate fell by 22.6 percent compared to the same period last year. According to the director of the Institute of the National Research Council, Diego Ramiro, these data are not enough to make a forecast for the year, but it is already clear that a strong demographic decline is expected.