The increase in coronavirus cases among young people could cause new peaks in Europe. The director of the WHO regional office, Hans Kluge, said in an interview with BBC Radio 4, underlining the need for the authorities to communicate better with the children and involve them more in prevention. “As a father of two daughters, I understand that young people don’t want to miss the summer,” said the head of WHO Europe “but they have a responsibility towards themselves, their parents, their grandparents and their communities”. An increasing number of countries, he explained, “are experiencing outbreaks of localized infections and a return of cases. We are receiving news from several health authorities that report a higher proportion of new infections among young people, so the call for me it is strong enough to rethink how to better involve young people “.
Holiday rules can’t be the same for everyone, added Kluge. “If I go for a walk in the woods it is not the same thing as if I go to a concert,” he said underlining that in general even on vacation “we must keep the basic rules: wash your hands, disinfect objects, wear a mask when we cannot keep your distance. ”