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DSU’s Arafat: We see wave 2 of pandemic will not be easy, will not pass fast

The head of the Emergency Situations Department (DSU), Raed Arafat, stated on Friday, during a reception event for medical supplies for intensive care units, that it can be seen that the second wave of the COVID pandemic -19 “will not be an easy one and will not pass quickly”.

“Always, in difficult times, friends are together, and today we see an action that shows how important solidarity and the relationship between us and other countries that come to our support is, and here I am talking about Qatar in this situation. About two years ago we signed a protocol of collaboration and mutual support between us and the Qatari civil protection, especially on the search-and-rescue side. Today [Friday] we have a friendship and support gesture in a situation where everyone is facing an unprecedented challenge, a challenge in which the SARS-CoV-2 virus has put the whole world to the test. There are victims, there are countries that are facing dramatic situations or that have faced dramatic situations and now that the second wave will not be easy and will not pass quickly,” said Raed Arafat, at the National Center for Coordination and Management of Intervention (CNCCI).

Regarding the donated sanitary materials, Arafat said it is about equipment necessary for the intensive care units.

“We are particularly talking about monitors of vital functions for intensive care units and injection machines that allow us to administer the drugs in a very controlled way on a continuous basis to critically ill patients, plus a quantity of disinfectants. (…) The value of the donation is about a quarter of a million euros,” the head of DSU specified.

According to Raed Arafat, the equipment will be sent to the Strategic Storage Center, from where it will go to hospitals requesting intensive care equipment.

The State of Qatar has donated to Romania sanitary materials consisting of 25 monitors and 75 injection machines, necessary for the care and monitoring of patients in serious condition, as a result of infection with the novel coronavirus.

It depends on us how hard wave 2 of COVID-19 will be

The head of the Emergency Situations Department (DSU), Raed Arafat, said on Friday that the severity of wave 2 of the COVID-19 pandemic will depend on people’s reaction to compliance with certain restrictions.

“Wave 2, not only us, but also the northern hemisphere, we think it will be during the winter. Now, how hard wave 2 will be depends on us. If we manage to stop the increase, to keep a plateau, to start a lasting decline, it is clear that we can keep the situation under control, as we kept it in the first wave,” said Arafat, in Ciolpani, where the reception of some sanitary materials took place.

He explained that if the rules are not followed, if there are pressures not to take certain measures or restrictions, then “the fight may be much harder and even longer.”

“It all depends on how we all work together,” the DSU chief said.

Arafat noted that a significant number of tests are currently being performed compared to other countries.

“It has gone up from 3,000 to almost 25-27,000 tests done daily, so capacity has increased, but clearly any additional testing capacity is welcome,” he said.

Raed Arafat also said that obtaining much faster tests will be helpful, tests that do not require long-term laboratory operations.

“There is a chance that we will bring rapid antigen tests, which we will use at the front line for symptomatic cases. For asymptomatic cases, however, it remains the general assessment that is made, with the tests en masse,” said Arafat, according to Agerpres.

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