Compared to the summer, the statistics of coronavirus infections in some European countries now reflect a 10-fold increase. Governments are reintroducing restrictive measures.
Hans Kluge, director of the European Bureau of the World Health Organization, said that over the past 4 weeks, the number of new cases of COVID-19 in Europe has increased by 55%, and a new anti-record was recorded in Germany – more than 50,000 new cases of infection were detected in the country in 24 hours.
Mark Rutte, acting Prime Minister of the Netherlands, announced the decision to introduce a new lockdown due to the worsening epidemiological situation. According to him, the pressure on the health care system is again “extremely great” due to the increase in the number of cases, the day before 16,000 new cases were announced, writes De Telegraaf. The prime minister says:
“This is a hard blow, for several weeks now the virus has been spreading throughout the country, it has spread to all categories and age groups. The pressure on healthcare is extremely high again. Due to the large number of patients with COVID-19, operations, in particular on the heart, again and cancel again. Therefore, we inevitably return to the measures that we know from the previous steps and that apply to everyone, regardless of whether you are vaccinated or not. “
Starting today Saturday, November 13, new quarantine rules will come into force in the Netherlands: citizens will massively switch to remote work, bars and restaurants will close at 19:00, a social distance of 1.5 meters is reintroduced, sports competitions (including football matches) will be played without spectators. Cinemas, theaters and concert halls will continue to work as usual.
Mark Rutte said that the lockdown is being introduced for three weeks, from November 13 to December 4. And on December 3, at a government meeting, a decision will be made on its extension or termination. On Friday evening, crowds of demonstrators in The Hague threw stones and Molotov cocktails at police to protest the new forced blockade. In response, law enforcement officers used chemical agents.
More than 76% of Dutch citizens are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. But in Austria this figure is much more modest – 67%. The authorities are preparing to take differentiated measures, regardless of the availability of vaccinations. Alexander Schallenberg, Federal Chancellor of Austria, says:
“We need to protect those who did the right thing. I don’t think most citizens would want to show solidarity with an unincorporated minority and share the hardships of a lockdown.”
The fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic is in full swing in Germany – every 2 weeks the number of infections doubles. Until now, the federal government has not yet made vaccination mandatory, even for medical personnel.
In Russia, more than 41% of citizens are vaccinated after receiving at least the first dose. Last Friday, parliamentarians introduced a bill on the mandatory use of QR codes in public places, with confirmation of vaccination or previous coronavirus infection.
Restrictions, in order to avoid overcrowding and to combat the spread of coronavirus indoors, are returning to supermarkets in Greece Saturday 13 November 2021 Fewer people will be allowed to be in supermarkets at the same time, since the rule returns the 1 person per 9 sqm rate, which was canceled on October 25 and replaced by the 1 person per 2 sqm rule. The idea of demanding a negative result of an express test in unvaccinated citizens has so far been abandoned, due to the sharp reaction of the population.
According to the weekly update of November 12th, the spread of coronavirus in Greece continues at a rapid pace: 44% of the country’s regional divisions are at the highest level 5 of the COVID-MAP epidemiological map. The Greek capital Athens is red due to outbreaks of the virus. Five more regional divisions were transferred to the fifth dark red level from the fourth in the previous week – these are Kozani, Karditsa, Halkidiki, Ioannina, Fthiotida. The government is considering various scenarios introduction of new measures, depending on the development of the epidemiological situation.