Across Europe, the covid-19 epidemic is accelerating despite strict health measures implemented in several countries. The new, more contagious British variant could be involved in this new outbreak.
> Find the European report, country by country, in proportion to its population, in this article
Since Beijing announced just a year ago, on January 11, 2020, of the first death from covid-19, the virus has killed nearly 2 million people around the world, and plunged the planet into an economic crisis unprecedented.
Germany: “The worst is yet to come”
Across the Rhine, the good management of the first wave is only a distant memory. Germany, which had recorded less than 10,000 deaths between January and July, now has a record four times worse, with more than 40,000 deaths recorded on Sunday.
If the results, in proportion to the population, are even “less worse” than in France, England or Belgium, the dynamics of the epidemic leave little hope. Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that the worst is yet to come until the vaccinations take effect.
The coming weeks will constitute “the hardest phase of the pandemic” with medical personnel working to the maximum of their capacities, warned German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Over 80% of the country’s intensive care beds are occupied.
Especially since, she stressed, the full impact of the intensification of social contacts during the Christmas and New Year periods is not yet visible in the statistics …
Belgium: more than 20,000 dead
The dynamic is a little better in Belgium, but the toll is terrifying: nearly 1,800 deaths per million inhabitants across Quiévrain. The country ranks first in the world (apart from a few micro-states) in the number of deaths reported to its population.
Half of the deaths are residents of nursing homes across the country.
However, Belgium did not begin vaccination until January 8, long after its neighbors.
United Kingdom: red alert
The country crossed the 80,000 death mark on Saturday – a European record – and the epidemic is not slowing down, on the contrary. Reconfined urgently after a failed deconfinement on December 4, the United Kingdom is now facing a variant of the virus that is more contagious.
A situation which could multiply the toll very quickly, and especially worries those responsible for hospitals, already saturated: the health system is “currently facing the most dangerous situation that we can remember”, warned Chris Whitty, chief medical officer for England. “If the virus continues on this trajectory, hospitals will be in real difficulty, and that very soon.”
Despite the re-containment, partial on December 21 and total on January 4, British authorities report 54,940 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, and 538 deaths. This is the first time in four days that the death toll has fallen below a thousand, but beware: the figures are often skewed on weekends.
The government aims to have vaccinated all adults by the fall. The European country most bereaved by the pandemic is engaged in a race against time.
“We will only be safe from this virus when we are all safe – that is why we are focused on a global solution to a global problem,” said Foreign Minister Dominic Raab.
Switzerland: murderous second wave
Like Germany, Switzerland had passed the first wave relatively quietly. It’s also over: the second killed three times as many people, and the confederation has all the trouble in the world to contain the contaminations.
Since December 22, restaurants, bars, sports and cultural venues and other public places deemed non-essential have remained closed.
Spain: new contamination records
In 24 hours, Spain recorded a record increase in the number of new cases on Friday, with 25,456 new infections. The rise in the infection rate has continued to accelerate since the holiday season.
The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic has exceeded 2 million, while the number of deaths has increased by 199 to 51,874, or nearly 1,200 per million population.
Italy: the deterioration continues
The Italian Ministry of Health on Friday reported 620 additional deaths from the coronavirus, against 414 the day before, bringing the death toll to 77,911. In the past 24 hours, there have been 361 more deaths – but the numbers are still lower on weekends.
The daily number of new infections remains high, around 18,000 per day, for a total of more than 2.2 million. Hospitals remain close to saturation, especially intensive care units.
Last week, Italy decided to delay the reopening of high schools to January 11 instead of January 7, as part of the renewal of anti-covid restrictions.
The country had reconfigured itself just before the end of the year holidays, banning almost all travel between the different regions.
Sweden: finally strict measures?
The Scandinavian kingdom is illustrated by the refusal of most of the sanitary measures applied throughout the world. Lost bet: the country has recorded ten to fifteen times more deaths than its neighbors (Norway, Denmark, Finland). The king, who expresses himself in an exceptional way, admitted a serious error of the government.
Faced with a very virulent second wave, Sweden finally broke with this approach. From this Sunday, the government can toughen the measures. And, for the first time, to close shops and restaurants in targeted areas.
Cyprus: general reconfinement
On the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, the authorities had to resolve to a new general containment from Sunday, and for at least three weeks, the second after that of last spring which had allowed the island to pass largely through of the first wave of the pandemic (around 20 deaths, no more than 50 cases per day at the height of this period).
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