Some restrictions to avoid greater risks of closings before Christmas. That is the decision of several European countries to stop the surprising spread of coronavirus infections.
In all cases, governments have spent several days studying the scope of the decision-making measures regarding these restrictions, after the various scientific and health advisers raised their recommendations.
Despite movements against restrictions, Europe must take “urgent” measures in the face of the new wave of COVID-19, estimated an agency of the European Union on Wednesday, the day after a warning from the World Health Organization about the risk of another massacre this winter.
With more than 2.5 million cases and almost 30,000 deaths registered in the last week, Europe is by far the region of the world most affected by the pandemic, according to official data compiled by AFP. And the trend continues to rise, especially in countries with the lowest vaccination rates.
On Tuesday, the European branch of the who was alarmed by the “grip” of the COVID-19 in Europe, which could cause an additional 700,000 deaths on the continent by spring, Besides 1.5 million deaths already listed.
In this way, more and more countries are increasing the pressure on the unvaccinated. The last one has been Italy: only those who have a full vaccination scheme and those who have had the disease may enter leisure venues and restaurants, thus leaving aside people who want to do so with a negative certificate for the infection.
The government of Mario draghi will favor the vaccinated against a possible fourth wave, giving the green light to the call “Super Passport COVID”. The measure will take effect on December 6 and restricts entry to various places to the unimmunized, who they can only use a negative test to go to work.
The objective of the Italian administration is to pressure that 15% of the population that has not yet received an injection. Italy, with its super health pass extended, seeks to reduce those 7 million individuals reluctant to receive the anti-COVID serum.
But the Executive adds decisions. It has expanded the number of sectors that will require immunization to work. Until now, this requirement was essential among health personnel. As of December 15, school personnel, police officers and members of the Army are added to enter their jobs. The Italian government has also announced that Extends the booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, currently available for those over 40, to the entire adult population.
Europe once again became the epicenter of the pandemic. The current outbreak is driven by “no vax” experts at the World Health Organization, many of whom will end up in intensive care units for “not being immunized”, probably with serious pictures and deaths.
Because on Germany, with the incidence of contagions soaring, the rule came into force “2 G”. Infections continue to rise, the country has just registered a new record with 75,961 positives in one day.
Only people vaccinated or with COVID-19 will be able to go to work, otherwise they will have to be exposed to daily tests. For some groups of activities, such as the army, the vaccine is mandatory.
German regulation is a kind of safe conduct for vaccinated people and people who have already overcome the disease, the only group that from now on will be able to lead a normal life without restrictions.
The segregation of the population based on immunity, either by vaccination or by having overcome the infection, was an announced chronic. Even with hospital saturation in regions such as Bavaria, some medical associations launched the idea of tariffing hospitalization costs for coronavirus for people who reject vaccines.
“It is urgent to get vaccinated,” said the French Minister of Health, Oliver See, for reinforce the health pass, a measure that was announced this Thursday, which advances another squeeze for those who have ignored the developments to stop the virus.
The booster vaccine, when and for whom? This is the main question that was examined on Wednesday during a new Health Defense Council chaired by Emmanuel Macron to fight the fifth wave of the coronavirus epidemic in the country.
With, in addition, a prime minister, Jean Castex, which tested positive for COVID-19 Monday night, like 30,000 people in France in the last 24 hours, the figures mark a very strong increase in the space of a week.
The third booster dose to all adults, advocated by the Scientific Council and the Vaccination Strategy Orientation Council, as well as the integration of this booster dose in the health pass for all, are the speculations that come from the Elysee.
Faced with the scale of the fifth wave of coronavirus, several sources corroborated by the French press indicate that the headline of the Health portfolio should confirm the return of the mandatory use of masks indoors and outdoors.
As for the health pass, in addition to strengthening the controls, a toughening of their detention is also planned. For unvaccinated people, the validity of a negative test could be reduced to 24 hours, compared to 72 hours so far. This measure aims to encourage the most resistant, making them bear the weight of limitations.
Denmark nor does it escape these restrictions. The Danish government has announced that it wants reintroduce the mandatory use of face masks or masks indoors and expand the requirement to present the health certificate due to the increase in infections in recent weeks.
The Danish Minister of Health, Magnus Heunicke, recalled that the pandemic continues to grow throughout the country and that it is necessary to approve new measures to stop transmission. Denmark has registered 4,426 new cases in the last 24 hours, the second highest figure in the entire pandemic, however hospital occupancy remains at 435 people, less than half the maximum reached a year ago.
Spanish health expects to inject 16 million booster doses before the end of this 2021. The health authorities made a breakdown of the pandemic situation between vaccinated and unvaccinated people, despite being one of the European nations with a complete scheme close to 90% of the population.
“The weekly rate of cases in all age cohorts is higher in unvaccinated people. But if you look at people aged 60 to 69 and 70 to 79, the difference is very important. The rate of reported cases in vaccinated people in these age cohorts is around 23 and in the unvaccinated around 181 ″, specified the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias.
“The priority objective has to be prevention and vaccination”, added the official, detailing that hospital occupancy presents a “stationary situation with a certain tendency to increase.”
Regarding the agreements reached in the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System, the minister has said that agreements relating to sporting events are extended: 100% outdoor capacity; 80%, indoors; prohibition of smoking, eating and drinking; and obligation to use the masks.
Portugal and the Netherlands will announce restrictive measures this week. While, Slovakia has just decreed a two-week general confinement due to the increase in cases.
To all this, the debate on the obligation of the vaccine is already on the table in the environment of European Union countries, especially in several member states where resistance to immunizers is greater. However, this will be the last setting.
Austria, where the epidemic is already advancing with spikes per day that exceed 50% those of a year ago, the unvaccinated have been placed at the forefront of the fence. Days ago he ordered a total confinement for 20 days, a measure that began last Monday.
As of December 13, the Austrian confinement, which deserved harsh mobilizations and resistance, will only remain in force for unvaccinated people. And in a very controversial decision, the vaccine may be mandatory from February 2022.