Covid recovering in Europe, between low vaccinations (but not everywhere) and no lockdowns


Europe is experiencing a new powerful wave of infections linked to the coronavirus pandemic. In several countries, the increase in infections is combined with the low vaccination rate, but this is not the case everywhere. This is demonstrated by the cases of Holland and Belgium, among others, where the percentage of immunization is higher than 75% but where the infections continue to grow.

Despite the wave of new infections, still few governments have speculated about imposing new real lockdowns. The authorities of half of Europe are rather evaluating ad hoc restrictions for those who do not vaccinate, for those who refuse the booster, green pass-style vaccination passes or restrictions on travel during the Christmas holidays, such as Great Britain, first among the countries of the area. experience a dramatic increase in cases after the stop to all containment measures for the virus since the end of July.

The increase in infections is concentrated in particular in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe: the Czech Republic recorded + 309.4% of infections in the last two weeks, + 246.4% for Hungary and + 210.9% in Poland . Alarming figures also for Belgium, + 155.7% and Holland, as mentioned, + 134%.

In Hungary, to prevent companies from suffering new production stops, such as during the first lockdowns, the government has authorized companies to make the vaccine mandatory for their employees. Among the first to use the rule, the Hungarian pharmaceutical company Richter Gedeon which made immunization mandatory for its 12,000 workers. Those who refuse will remain at home without a salary.

The vaccination rate remains blocked or severely slowed down in a worrying way in several countries, such as in Bulgaria, where it is at 22%, the lowest in the EU, in Romania, at 37% (with tens of thousands of daily cases and therapies intensive to collapse) and the Czech Republic, where it is still at 59%. Below 30% also Belarus and Ukraine, among neighboring countries.

Meanwhile, protests in Europe over the limitations that still exist do not stop. In the Netherlands, thousands of people took to the streets yesterday against the hypothesis of introducing new pandemic control measures, such as the mandatory mask.

And even in Germany the figures are alarming. At the moment the government has called for vaccination but has not talked about further restrictions. The Robert Koch Institute has detected 201 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants in the last week, the highest figure ever in the country where 67% of adults are fully vaccinated.

On the UK front, where 30,305 new cases were recorded yesterday for a total of 9,301,909 and 62 deaths, (141,805 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic), the government of Boris Johnson is hypothesizing travel restrictions for those who refuse the vaccine booster and restrictions on the pitch for Christmas.

Health Minister Sajid Javid said increasing vaccination coverage is “a national mission”. Meanwhile, the British Health Security Agency is discussing the growing number of deaths among vaccinated people due to the reduction in the level of protection against the virus.

In Greece, the government has taken action: since Saturday the unvaccinated need a negative test to access bars, restaurants, shops, banks and offices. Long queues have lined up for tampons and in front of shops where vaccine certificates and tests are checked. Under the new rules, unvaccinated workers must provide two negative tests per week to enter the workplace. 6,909 new cases were registered in Greece on Friday, a new record for the country. 60.5% of the 11 million population are fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, at the gates of Europe, Russia continues its fight against the pandemic, with high rates of infections: today the week of national holidays imposed to reduce cases ended and 39,400 new infections and 1,190 deaths are recorded.

(with source Askanews)


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