Corona .. a very worrying epidemiological situation in 10 European countries and a partial closure in the Netherlands

The European Agency for Disease Control said today, Friday, that the epidemiological situation of the Corona virus is very worrying in 10 countries, and worrying in 10 others, while a partial closure will enter into force throughout the Netherlands starting tomorrow, Saturday, and Norway imposed additional restrictions to confront the new wave of the virus.

The European Agency stated that the countries classified under the epidemiological situation of great concern are: the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Greece, Estonia, Hungary and Slovenia, while Germany, Denmark, Austria, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Romania and Slovakia were included in the category where the epidemiological situation is worrying.

A third category is the category of “moderate concern”, which includes France, Portugal and Cyprus, while Italy, Spain, Sweden and Malta are included in the category of “limited concern”.

The European Agency expected that the number of injuries and deaths would increase in the next two weeks.

According to Reuters calculations, Europe accounts for more than half of infections in an average of 7 days globally, and about half of deaths in the same period, the highest level since April 2020, when the virus first swept Italy.

These data come amid a slowdown in vaccination campaigns against the virus before the winter and influenza season, as the rate of receiving vaccinations in southern European countries has reached about 80%, but the frequency is hampering vaccination campaigns in Central and Eastern Europe and Russia, which leads to an outbreak of the pandemic that puts pressure on health care systems.

Most European Union countries have begun vaccinating the elderly and those with weak immunity with booster doses, but scientists say expanding it to include more of the population, as well as vaccinating teenagers, should be a priority to avoid steps such as closure.

Netherlands closed

As a result of a record escalation of injuries, the Dutch Broadcasting Corporation said that a partial closure of 3 weeks will enter into force tomorrow evening, Saturday, in an attempt to address the new epidemic wave.

The partial closure in the Netherlands – the first of its kind in Western European countries since last summer – requires the closure of restaurants and bars, and the holding of sports activities without an audience, while urging citizens to work from home as much as possible, while schools, swimming pools and cinemas will remain open.

Yesterday, Thursday, the Netherlands recorded more than 16 thousand cases of the virus during the past 24 hours, which is the highest since the beginning of the Corona pandemic, bringing the total number of infections to more than two million and 253 thousand cases. In the past 24 hours, the health authorities recorded 26 deaths, bringing the total to 18,663.

Thousands of people demonstrated last weekend in the Dutch city of The Hague after the mandatory re-imposition of the muzzle in closed public places such as shops, and unrest occurred last January after the first curfew was imposed in the Netherlands since World War II to confront the high number of cases after the holidays. birth.

Norway restrictions

In Norway, the government announced – today, Friday – that it will re-impose restrictions to combat “Covid-19” at the national level in the face of the strong outbreak of the epidemic, and Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere said that municipalities should be given the opportunity to request evidence of vaccination or recovery, or the result of a test negative for the virus at the local level.

The Scandinavian country, which lifted all its restrictions at the end of last September, will give a third dose of the vaccine to everyone over the age of 18, with the exception of isolation and strict measures.

The head of the Robert Koch Institute for Health Monitoring warned today, Friday, that Germany must prepare for “difficult weeks and months”, calling for tighter restrictions to face the new epidemic wave.

In Germany, the head of the Robert Koch Institute for Health Monitoring warned today, Friday, that the country must prepare for “difficult weeks and months”, calling for tightening restrictions, in light of the number of daily infections exceeding the threshold of 50 thousand. Yesterday, Thursday, Germany recorded a record number of new infections with “Covid-19”, with 50,196 additional cases in 24 hours.

The outbreak of the disease is partly attributed to the relatively low vaccination rate among the population in Germany, which is just over 67%, and mandatory vaccination was not imposed in the country, including for nursing staff, and the Minister of Health, Jens Young, described this new epidemic wave as a “pandemic that includes the unvaccinated.” .

The new Austrian Chancellor, Alexander Schallenberg, said today, Friday, that he wants to implement a national closure that includes only those who are not vaccinated and those who have not recovered from infection with the Corona virus, in order to reduce the epidemic wave, and the percentage of vaccinated in the country is 65%. On Wednesday, Austria recorded 11,398 new cases of the disease, the highest toll since the beginning of the pandemic.

Globally, the virus that first appeared in China in late 2019 infected nearly 252 million people, while the total number of deaths resulting from the virus reached 5 million and 331 thousand. America topped the list of countries most affected by the pandemic (more than 46.8 million), then India (34.4 million), and Brazil (about 22 million).

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