The World Health Organization sounded the alarm on Thursday. She was concerned about the “extremely worrying” transmission rate of Covid-19 in Europe, which could lead to an additional half a million deaths on the continent by February. “We are, once again, at the epicenter,” the Director of the World Health Organization in Europe, Hans Kluge, lamented.
The World Health Organization explains this situation by combining inadequate vaccination coverage with a relaxation of anti-Covid measures. Faced with this observation, many European countries have taken measures to stop the resurgence of the epidemic and advocate a third dose injection for people who have already been vaccinated. Overview.
France awaits Macron’s speech
Emmanuel Macron will address the French this Tuesday, while the resumption of the Covid-19 epidemic in France has been confirmed, notably due to low temperatures, maximum vaccination and the easing of barrier gestures.
“We are facing a fence whose height we do not know. But we have the necessary tools to cross it,” government spokesman Gabriel Attal confirmed. Therefore, the head of state should announce new measures to stop the resumption of the epidemic, following the Health Defense Council.
From government sources, it will be similar to the July 12 speech, in which Emmanuel Macron notably announced the extension of the health permit, which Parliament authorized on Friday the possibility of resorting to until July 31, 2022. The issue of adaptation will be raised in particular. Health is moving to a third dose of the vaccine, which has become the government’s hobby horse.
Prime Minister Jan Castix said on Friday that the executive was considering this path “perhaps more than the path of compulsory vaccination for those over 65”. He promised a “soon refund”.
The government has already announced the return of mask-wearing commitment on Monday in 39 schools where students have been able to take it off.
The UK relies on Merck’s cereal
The UK, one of the hardest-hit countries in Europe, is once again mired in the pandemic. It approved the pill from Merck on Thursday, becoming the first country to authorize the use of molnopiravir. “This will be a game-changer for the most vulnerable and immunocompromised, who will soon be able to receive the revolutionary treatment,” Health Minister Sajid Javid said.
Molnupiravir is approved for use in people with mild to moderate Covid-19 who have at least one risk factor for developing a serious illness (obesity, over 60 years of age, diabetes, heart disease). And according to a Merck clinical trial, the treatment, given to patients within days of a positive test, cuts the risk of hospitalization in half.
In Germany, a call for the third dose
The German government and regions on Friday appealed for the circulation of the third dose of the vaccine to counteract the intensified resumption of the epidemic in the country. Health Minister Jens Spahn insisted that “recalls after six months should become the norm, not the exception.”
In addition, the German region of Saxony (east), particularly affected by the recovery from the epidemic, will from Monday generalize the obligation to vaccinate or recently recover from Covid-19 to access restaurants and closed cultural venues. This will relate to dining rooms, cultural venues, or indoor event venues.
In the Netherlands, extending the health permit
A series of measures were announced Tuesday in the Netherlands, including the compulsory re-wearing of protective masks in closed public institutions such as shops. The government has also reintroduced the 1.5 meter social distancing rule, and the obligation to present a health card will be extended to places such as museums and restaurant terraces. The Hague will also introduce a law that will allow employers to require the provision of a health permit to their employees. Remote work is strongly encouraged.
Austria imposes a vaccination obligation to access restaurants
Austria announced Friday that it will impose a commitment to vaccinate or recover from Covid-19 from Monday to be able to access restaurants, hotels and cultural venues. According to the new regulations, a negative test will not be sufficient for services or services that involve close contact with clients such as hairdressers, and only those who have been vaccinated or recovered will be able to attend gatherings of 25 or more people.
In Iceland, the return of the obligatory mask
To counter the record rise in cases, the Icelandic government announced a series of measures on Friday, including the mandatory reinstatement of mask-wearing anywhere that distance cannot be respected or the scale of public gatherings reduced. The country’s chief epidemiologist also called for a third dose of all people over 16 who have been fully vaccinated “for about six months”, in a country where 89% of the population over 12 is fully vaccinated.
Russia, still overwhelmed despite the weekend
Russia set a record number of infections on Saturday, in a sign of an epidemic that is not waning despite the holiday week promulgated by President Vladimir Putin.
According to figures released by the government, 41,335 new cases were identified in the past 24 hours, a record number since the beginning of the pandemic.
The pollution record comes amid the nationwide non-action period, which Vladimir Putin issued from October 30 to November 7 in order to curb pollution. In Moscow, the largest epicenter of epidemics, this period especially includes the closure of schools, beauty salons, shops, gyms and other “non-essential” services.
State of emergency in Latvia
Latvia declared a three-month health emergency on Monday due to a resurgence of Covid-19 infections to record levels, while vaccination of the population remains at one of the lowest levels in the European Union. Under the new rules, a mask becomes mandatory in all buildings open to the public, and any public servants must be vaccinated by November 15.
Unvaccinated people will only be allowed to purchase their own food and other necessities from designated stores, and only those deemed essential will be allowed to open on weekends. All Latvian citizens are encouraged to practice remote work when possible.
Greece takes new measures for non-vaccinators
From Saturday, non-vaccinated people in Greece must submit negative PCR or antigen tests to visit public administrations, shops or banks. Private and public employees who have not been vaccinated will have to submit negative Covid-19 tests twice a week, which they will have to pay for themselves. Fines for shops and restaurants that do not comply with the measures are doubled to 5,000 euros.
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