New wave of COVID-19 Has returned Europe at the center of the epidemic —Christmas and New Year & Beginning 2022— Daily Recordings, Most Infections in the Region They are already proposing new measures to combat the hard-hitting virus.
Hans Kluge, regional director of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Europe, warned in early November that the death toll could exceed 500,000 from the continent he represents. COVID-19 In the next three months. In this area, one person dies from SARS-CoV-2 disease every 17 seconds, he said.
In this context, with a variation Omigron Dominates in various countries of the Old Continent, Recent WHO Weekly Epidemiological Report, Released this Tuesday, December 28th, it continues to announce Europe has the highest number of weekly cases: 304.6 new cases per 100,000 people.
The highest numbers were reported in the UK (611,864 new cases; 20% increase), and France (504,642 new cases; 41% increase); Italy (257,579 new cases; 62% increase) and Germany (197,845 new cases; 30% decrease).
For the WHO, an excerpt The increase in infections is explained by a combination of inadequate vaccination and relaxation of anti-goiter measures. Meanwhile, other experts are adding to the Omigran variation and the reasons for the high number of elderly people in their population.
Random vaccination rate
One year after the first holes in the corona virus vaccine, Europe is advancing at a random pace, with a large percentage of people in the southern countries being vaccinated and reduced in the eastern states of the continent, in which distrust is evident.
In Spain, Portugal, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Italy, more than 80% of the population is fully vaccinated. In France, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland, the vaccine reaches 76%, 70%, 71% and 66% with two doses, respectively.
The situation in many eastern countries is complicated. In the case of Russia, The absolute system is 58.2% of the population. Meanwhile, in Poland and Slovakia, the proportion of those vaccinated with the complete program reaches 55% and 46%, respectively.
In northern Macedonia and Albania, the vaccination rate is poor, with only 39% of Macedonians and 35.5% of Albanians receiving the full schedule. Booster doses are equally lame, and both countries have provided support needles of about 4% of their populations.
Relaxation of activities
Daniel Lopez Aguna, an epidemiologist and health expert and former director of the WHO, said in his communication with Antena3 that there was too much relaxation in security. Indoor masks were withdrawn in many countries, which contributed to the re-growth.
For example, he places the UK, where epidemic control measures have been relaxed since mid-2021, and in recent weeks it has shown 10 times more cases than in Spain.
To date, there are many countries that have again taken new measures against the corona virus and its variants.
One year after coming on the market, vaccines have proven their effectiveness against the most severe forms of the disease. However, newer, more pervasive variants such as Delta or the latest Omigron appeared.
The World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Wednesday that the risk of a rapid spread of the omigran variant is “very high”, although early studies have suggested that it may cause milder symptoms, which could increase hospital admissions.
“There is the beginning of a complex delta variation with Omigron. In the fall, the curve grows a little bit to accommodate slow movement and reaction. But, all of a sudden Omigron comes and transforms everything from one day to the next. First, it spreads to Madrid, then to Catalonia and then you reach 40% of Omigran.” When, the infection spreads “, Clara integrates Broads into the Spanish media El País.
Vulnerability of the elderly
Meanwhile, according to Peruvian epidemiologist Caesar Cargamo, the great association of trade and transport in Europe contributed to the resurgence of the virus because it “puts them at greater risk.” Another factor mentioned is the high presence of the elderly in its population, unlike other parts of the world.
“If the epidemic is hitting those countries with the best health systems hardest, everything here (Peru) should do everything possible to slow down the possible third wave and thus avoid a new collapse of hospitals,” the expert concludes.
What is Europe doing with the outbreak of COVID-19 in your region?
In Europe, many governments are trying to speed up the use of booster vaccines and use new control measures.
This Tuesday, France, Greece, Portugal and the United Kingdom set new records for more than 180,000, 21,000, 17,000 and 129,000 epidemics, respectively, in 24 hours. Moreover, the Omigron variant now dominates Switzerland and the Netherlands.
As of this Tuesday, Finland has announced that foreign travelers without the Kovit-19 vaccine will not be able to enter the country despite a negative test.
In Sweden and Denmark, as in Austria, non-resident travelers are required by the authorities to undergo a negative test, in addition to being vaccinated.
In France, the government announced on Monday that the “health passport” will only be available to those who have been fully vaccinated and will no longer be valid with the latest negative test. Document allows access to restaurants, theaters and other places.
Germany, for its part, is using new restrictions such as controlling crowds for 10 people who have been vaccinated and two people who have not been vaccinated, closing nightclubs and celebrating sporting events behind closed doors.
But not everyone agrees with these measures. In Belgium, about 5,000 people protested in the capital on Sunday against the government’s decision to close showrooms, theaters and theaters, police said. However, with the exception of theaters, the country’s judiciary suspended the action on Tuesday.