Numerous European countries are seeing an increase in Covid-19 indicators. This is due to a combination of slipping vaccination campaigns and returning health restrictions.
Europe is again the “epicenter” of Covid-19, the Director of the World Health Organization on continent Hans Kluge said this Thursday, November 4th. He fears half a billion more deaths on continent by February. Many countries are facing an epidemic wave, with an increasing rate of transmission and rapidly growing numbers of cases.
According to data compiled from AFP, the number of cases per day in Europe has been steadily increasing for almost six weeks. The number of deaths per day has increased for just more than seven weeks with approximately 250,000 cases and 3,600 deaths daily.
This week has seen a significant increase in deaths in Eastern Europe, Russia. There have been 8,162 deaths in the past seven days, an increase in death rates of 8%, compared to the previous week. Romania saw 3,100 deaths (+ 4.5%) and Ukraine saw 3,819 deaths (+ 1.1%).
Ukraine’s epidemic is fuelled by low vaccination rates and mistrust towards the government. Only 20% of the population has received at least two doses to date. Interview with AFP by the director of a Kiev hospital“3 or 4 percent” Only hospitalized patients can be vaccinated. However, the mortality rate in intensive care has risen from 30% to 48% in October to 48% in spring.
Side contaminations in Hungary saw a 92% increase in cases Friday compared to the week before, with 2,600 additional cases. The Hungarian government announced that employees could be required to get vaccinated after the unprecedented level of cases since spring.
Similar acceleration was noted in the Czech Republic (+101%, 4,100 additional cases) and in Denmark (+ 80%), 1,500 additional cases, AFP reported at the end last week.
Concern is especially expressed among our nearest neighbors: Germany was particularly affected by the massive fourth wave. The country broke a record for daily infection rates in the country with 33,949 new cases in 24 hours on Thursday. This was a break from December 2020.
“The situation is seriousHelge Braun, Angela Merkel’s right-hand man at Chancellery, said, “We are already seeing a massive load [dans les hôpitaux]In Thuringia und SaxonyTwo regions that have been very badly affected by the rebound are:
New restrictions could be adopted soon. Jens Spahn, the Minister of Health, has already called for all regions to tighten the rules for unvaccinated persons by prohibiting them entry to certain places and requiring costly PCR testing. Angela Merkel, the Minister of Health Jens Spahn, expressed concern about the high number unvaccinated over-60-year-olds and called for a return to vaccination. “Of some recklessness”.
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The Netherlands saw an average of 7,711 new patients per day in the past week. This was 39% higher than the week before, according to Tuesday’s announcement by health authorities. They also warned about an increase in hospital admissions.
Although 84% of those aged 18 or over have been fully vaccinated, the country has announced several health measures. These include the return of compulsory protective masks in closed public places like shops, the return to the rule that social distancing is one and a 1/2 meters, and the extension of the obligation of presenting the health pass to places like museums and restaurant terraces.