Geneva, 30 November 2020 (dpa/MIA) – Global novel coronavirus infection numbers fell last week for the first time since September, but these gains must be preserved through the year-end festivities, UN health chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday.
“This is no time for complacency, especially with the holiday season approaching in many cultures and countries,” the World Health Organization (WHO) director general warned at a press conference from Geneva.
People should celebrate within their households and should avoid gathering with many other families, Tedros said.
“Being with family and friends is not worth putting them or yourself at risk,” he added.
The recent downward trend in infections is based on a decrease in Europe, after new lockdowns and curbs were put in place in recent weeks.
The WHO did not weigh in on the debate over whether to postpone the opening of European ski resorts, which has pitted cautious governments in Germany, France and Italy against skiing destinations like Austria and Switzerland.
People should avoid crowded situations, Tedros said.
“The first question to ask yourself is, do you need to travel?” he said.