Closing schools is ineffective in fighting the Coronavirus pandemic, said Hans Kluge, Regional Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Europe office.
“Closing schools is not very effective in fighting the infection, so they need to be opened. Most of all it affects children in difficult life situations,” Kluge said on his Twitter page.
He specified that the recommendations of the WHO European office come in connection with the growth of COVID-19 cases.
In Europe, there has been an increase in the number of cases in the past few weeks, and authorities are introducing restrictive measures.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to introduce “light quarantine” because of coronavirus proliferation. Restaurants, bars and other gastronomic facilities are proposed to be closed. In addition, the authorities urge to abandon mass events. Schools and stores are still operating. The strictest restrictions are imposed in Bavarian Berchtesgadener-Land, where it is forbidden to leave home without a valid reason.
In Denmark, it became mandatory to wear masks, a ban on the sale of alcohol after 22:00 was introduced, and it is prohibited to gather in groups of more than ten people.
In Italy, restaurants, pizzerias, and trattorias were also restricted until midnight, and it was prohibited to gather at the entrances to bars and restaurants, parks, streets, and squares.
The World Health Organization (WHO) expressed confidence that the deteriorating epidemiological situation in Europe was due to non-compliance with measures of protection against coronavirus.
The reasons for the deterioration of the epidemics there were given by citizens’ failure to comply with preventive measures at rest, at stadiums, in nightclubs and other mass gatherings. The organization stressed that the authorities needed to respond with adequate health care measures – “in a coordinated and decisive manner.