5:55 PM, July 28, 2021
Recent pollution figures in Europe show a slowdown in the spread of Covid-19. Europe experienced a rapid increase in the number of cases due to the delta variant (Indian). This is considered to be 60% more contagious than the alpha variant (British), and is itself more contagious than the initial strain of the virus. But despite the lifting of some health restrictions, new cases of coronavirus are slowing or declining in some countries. Thus, the Netherlands recorded a 45% decrease in new cases compared to the previous week. A ray of hope for France, where the epidemic continues to progress, albeit in a more moderate way in recent days, with cases increasing by 97% in one week.
In the UK, a decline in cases despite the lifting of health restrictions
Freedom Day, the day health restrictions were lifted in England, came on July 19. Since that date, the English are no longer required to wear a mask in enclosed spaces; Performance halls, stadiums and discos can accommodate their audience without restrictions. This situation has alerted several researchers who have asked Boris Johnson to postpone this deadline. However, as of July 28, the country has observed a 31% decrease in the number of cases, while nearly 55% of its population has been fully vaccinated.
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In Spain, Catalonia is sounding the alarm
In Spain, where the virus is receding, regions are deciding which health restrictions they can put in place. Thus, Catalonia, which was severely affected by the delta variant, restored a curfew from 1 hour to 6 hours, closed beaches at night and limited meetings to ten people. On July 24, Catalonia’s regional government announced the postponement of hospital and non-urgent medical appointments, as the number of cases began to decline. Other regions such as the Canary Islands and Galicia now require health permits to access certain places. Among the countries with a population of over 10 million, Spain is the country with the largest proportion of its entire population to feed With 55.5% of Spaniards having a full vaccination schedule.
Health Pass coming into effect soon in Italy
To counter the outbreak of the epidemic due to the delta variant, Italy will create a health permit from August 6. The Italian “green corridor” will be mandatory for entry to indoor spaces: bars, restaurants, swimming pools, sports halls, museums, cinemas, theaters and large gatherings. As the number of cases continues to rise, the head of government, Mario Draghi, has emphasized the importance of vaccination. Just under half of the population, 49%, had been vaccinated as of July 26.
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Remarkable drop in pollution in the Netherlands
The Netherlands faced the peak of the epidemic at the beginning of the month, with a 576% increase in the number of cases compared to the previous week on July 12. This rapid increase, especially among the youth, prompted the government to take further action. Festivals and events that lasted for more than 24 hours until September 1 have been cancelled. From August 8, vacationers returning to the Netherlands will be required to present a negative test or vaccination certificate. The reasons for the decrease in the number of cases are still unknown to this day, while 48% of the population was fully vaccinated on July 25, and the number of patients in hospitals is increasing. It seems that the peak of the epidemic has passed in this country.
Contrasting attitudes and measures
In Germany, the wave of pollution is still contained. More than half of Germany’s population is vaccinated. Relatives of Angela Merkel are considering restrictions on non-vaccinators, although no decision has yet been made. Health permits are already valid in Denmark, Hungary, Austria, Luxembourg, Portugal and France. Portugal, with 51% of its population fully vaccinated, has requested doses from other European countries to speed up its vaccination campaign. On Tuesday, it had already received 200,000 doses of AstraZeneca purchased from Hungary after receiving 290,000 vaccine doses from Norway.
For its part, the Nordic country announced, on Wednesday, the postponement of the almost complete lifting of its health restrictions, scheduled for early August, due to the spread of the delta variable. Norway saw a nearly 30% increase in cases between July 20 and 27, when 32% of its population had been fully vaccinated by July 25.
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How could the situation develop in France?
In the face of the rapid increase in the number of cases, the French government continues to promote vaccination. Over 50% of the population vaccinated on July 27, the extension of the health card to bars, restaurants, trains, planes, etc. will take effect on August 9, subject to a favorable opinion of the council. constitutional. Last week, 4.7 million injections were administered, “the best week since the start of the campaign,” according to the Ministry of Health. The number of patients admitted to critical care is up 96% from last week, but hospital stress remains low for now, with 19% of intensive care beds filled as of July 27. The incidence rate, which is the number of positive cases per 100,000 population, continued to increase with the delta variant. It stands at 189 on the national average, or nearly four times the alert threshold (50).
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