Relaxation in the face of a new “religious holiday” can be fatal, they warn, since the most contagious groups are not vaccinated.

Tedros Adhanom, director general of the OMS.

The World Health Organization (WHO) praised this Thursday the “incredible” progress registered in Spain in reducing the contagion of coronavirus in recent weeks, but at the same time he warned against a relaxation of the restrictions and measures that have allowed that decrease to take place.

“We have to acknowledge that Spain has made incredible progress in breaking transmission since the beginning of the year, when it peaked with around 42,000 new cases a day. Now it has been reduced seven times. Cases have dropped very effectively and that must be recognized“, Catherine Smallwood, head of Emergencies at WHO-Europe, said at a press conference.

Smallwood recalled that the coronavirus has not changed “significantly” since the beginning of the pandemic and, if it has, it is to improve its transmissibility with new, more contagious variants.

Hence, he pointed out that every decision made in relation to upcoming religious holidays such as Holy Week it should be done with care not to undermine the efforts made so far.

“There is a risk that cases will rise, we are seeing it in several countries. The vaccine coverage has not reached the groups that are driving transmission, so we have to trust the measures we have, “said Smallwood, who called to be” prudent “and remain” vigilant “, as we remain” vulnerable. “

Speaking about the relaxation of measures in general, the director of WHO-Europe, Hans Kluge, recalled that the new cases have risen for the third week in a row, although not the deaths, and that “as soon as the pressure on the virus is lifted, there may be an increase.”