The coronavirus outbreak in Europe is worsening, which was once again the epicenter of the pandemic almost two years after the first cases were registered, with some countries with record infections and deathswhile others impose new restrictions, as in the case of Austria, which this Friday decreed the confinement of its entire population and defined the mandatory nature of vaccines since February.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Thursday called on Europeans to get vaccinated to stop the fourth wave of COVID-19, calling vaccination rates “unacceptably low” in some EU countries.
“We are seeing an excessive number of cases, especially among the unvaccinated. We have to close this gap and work so that the greatest number of people are vaccinated, “he said at a press conference. Marco Cavaleri, Head of Strategy at the EMA.
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The Austrian Federal Chancellor, Alexander Schallenberg, said this Friday that “citizens must assume new restrictions for 20 days because there were too many who have been unsupportive,” referring to people who did not decide to get vaccinated.
The Austrian Government thus decreed a new quarantine as of Monday, after the measures adopted so far, including the confinement of the unvaccinated, did not stop the increase in cases.
In addition, they announced mandatory vaccination against COVID-19 from February 1, 2022, making the Austrian nation the first country in the European Union to introduce forced inoculation.
Germany reported 52,970 new infections in the last 24 hours, a day after registering a record of 65,371, amid a fourth wave that has already left several areas without intensive care beds, forced to transfer patients abroad and led the Government to advance in the reimposition of restrictions.
The German Minister of Health, Jens spahnHe assured on Friday that the country “is going through a national emergency” and that the pandemic scenario worsened, since it is “more serious than last week.”
This Thursday, the German Parliament approved new restrictions to try to contain a record advance of the coronavirus and warn of the possibility of a “terrible Christmas”.
Russia confirmed this Friday 37,156 new infections and a new record of deaths, with 1,254. The total death toll in Russia, the worst affected in Europe since the start of the pandemic, is at least 723,000.
The Russian Government attributes the dramatic situation to the lethality of the Delta variant, but also to the lack of compliance with sanitary rules and the low vaccination rate, which barely marks 49% over the 80% expected by the authorities.
The Czech Republic will impose restrictive measures from Monday until February, specifically for unvaccinated people.
The Czech Minister of Health, Adam Vojtech, assured that those not immunized will no longer be able to present negative tests to attend public events, go to bars and restaurants, visit hairdressers, museums and similar facilities or use hotels.
Likewise, exceptions were established for adolescents between 12 and 18 years of age, people whose medical condition does not allow inoculation and people who have been partially vaccinated.
Slovakia will implement measures similar to those of the Czech Republic, since from Monday the unvaccinated will be prohibited from entering all non-essential stores and shopping centers. They will also not be able to attend any public events and meetings and will be asked to test twice a week to go to work.
“It is a blockade for the unvaccinated,” said prime minister. Eduard heger and he warned that the Government will react “promptly if we see that the restrictions are not effective.”
Ukraine on Friday surpassed the barrier of 80,000 deaths, with 725 deaths in the last day, reported the Ministry of Health. In total, 80,231 people have died from the disease since the pandemic began.
The Italian Government announced this Friday that they are evaluating establishing mandatory vaccination for all people who work “in contact with the public”, including the security forces, one day after analyzing a possible curfew for the unvaccinated in case they increase the contagion of coronavirus.
“We were the first to introduce compulsory vaccination for the health sector. We must reflect on whether to do so with other categories,” said the Undersecretary of Health. Andrea Costa. In turn, another of the health undersecretaries, Pierpaolo sileri, he assured that “the curfew for the unvaccinated is not the strategy to apply with the current cases, but it can be evaluated if some regions go to the orange zone or of medium-high risk”.
Italy immunized 84.43% of the population over 12 years of age against the coronavirus and administered a third dose of vaccine to 3,000,201 people.
Belgium will harden the measures against the coronavirus starting this weekend to try to contain the new peak in the advance of the pandemic by imposing teleworking at least four days a week for the next three weeks, reintroducing the obligation of the mask in indoors and in the event of crowds outdoors.
“The situation is very worrying, the threshold of 500 occupied ICU beds (by COVID-19 patients) has been exceeded,” said the Prime Minister. Alexander de Croo, who remarked that “if it weren’t for the vaccinated population, we would be confined today.”
A new, more contagious version of the Delta variant of COVID-19 is rapidly spreading across the UK. Currently, it represents about 12% of the samples collected in the most recent government survey.
This represents a daily growth rate of 2.8% for the AY.4.2 subvariant, in a survey conducted between October 19 and November 5. However, the new subvariant is less likely to cause symptomatic covid.
In Hungary, where around 40% of its population has still not applied a single dose against the coronavirus despite being one of the first countries to start vaccinating, it reported 178 deaths and 10,265 infections in the last 24 hours on Wednesday, the worst numbers after having overcome a dramatic outbreak in the first quarter of 2021.
The Government of Poland reported 24,912 daily cases of coronavirus on Thursday, which was the highest number since April. The Ministry of Health also reported 463 deaths from the virus, for a total of 79,624 lethal cases so far in the pandemic.
On March 17, the Polish authorities decreed a total confinement, and since the end of that month additional restrictions apply and only basic services operate.
The case of Portugal is particular, since it heads the list of the most immunized countries in the world against the coronavirus, although it foresees new restrictions to face the resurgence of the epidemic, which also marks an increase in hospitalizations and the number of cases.
The Latvian country registered a record number of deaths so far in the pandemic on Wednesday with 79 new deaths. On that day, 1,501 new positives were also detected.