‘Now is not the time to relax measures’: WHO Europe

first_imgTopics : Kluge called on “all countries” to strengthen their efforts in three main areas.Firstly, protecting health service workers, including training and making sure they have the necessary support structures.Second, authorities needed to focus on stopping and slowing the spread of COVID-19 by using public health measures aimed at separating “healthy people from suspected and probable cases”.Third, governments and authorities had to continuously communicate with communities to make people conform to “current and possible future measures”. Several European countries have announced plans to start easing the restrictive measures introduced to curb the spread of the disease.On Monday, Austria announced plans to start opening some businesses and public parks from April 14. Denmark and Norway, who have both adopted strategies of “semi-confinement”, have also signaled loosening some measures later in April.WHO Europe noted that while cases in Spain and Italy — Europe’s worst hit countries — were still increasing, the rate of increase seemed to have slowed following the introduction of restrictive measures and lockdowns.It also noted progress in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland.But Kluge expressed alarm at the “dramatic increase in virus spread” in Turkey over the last week, and said a fresh surge had been observed in Sweden.Cases in Israel, Ukraine, Belgium and Norway were also still on the rise.WHO Europe reported that a total of 687,236 confirmed cases had been reported across the continent, with 52,824 deaths.center_img Despite “positive signs” from some countries, it is too early to scale back measures aimed at containing the spread of the coronavirus, the World Health Organization’s European office said Wednesday.”Now is not the time to relax measures,” WHO regional director for Europe, Hans Kluge, told a news conference.”It is the time to once again double and triple our collective efforts to drive towards suppression with the whole support of society.” last_img read more

Nomination deadline approaching or Chamber awards

first_imgGreensburg, IN—The Decatur County Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for three awards through October 17, 2019. The three awards include the 2019 Don Horan Service Leader of the Year Award (Community Service Award), The 2019 Small Business Grant and the 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year Award.Applications can be obtained through the Chamber website or may be picked up from the front desk at City Hall, located at 314 W. Washington St., Greensburg, or the Chamber Office, which is also located at City Hall.2019 Don Horan Service Leader of the Year Award– recognized as the top award in the community, this award is given to a citizen(s) who is both active in community service efforts and who makes a difference in Greensburg and Decatur County.2019 Small Business Grant– Award of $1,000 to a Chamber member business in good standing.2019 Entrepreneur of the Year Award– an award which was started in 2006 by the Chamber.The winners of these prestigious awards will be recognized at the Chamber’s Annual Banquet on November 15 at Indiana Grand Racing and Casino.last_img read more

IFA warned over thrown firework

first_img UEFA’s control, ethics and disciplinary body launched an investigation after an object was thrown on to the playing surface from a section housing visiting supporters during Northern Ireland’s 0-0 Euro 2016 Group F qualifier draw with Romania on June 13. IFA chief executive Patrick Nelson said: “The Irish FA is satisfied with this decision. It proves Northern Ireland fans were not responsible for the incident, and it upholds the good reputation of our fans. “We will take heed of the warning from UEFA and endeavour to ensure such an incident is not repeated at the National Football Stadium.” The Irish Football Association has vowed to prevent any repeat of an incident which saw a firework thrown on to the pitch at Windsor Park after receiving a warning from disciplinary chiefs. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more