In the electorate Tired of being locked up On one side and Clumsy corona viruses run loose European governments, on the other hand, stumble between controls and reopening – both at the same time announcing – while at the same time seeking solutions to epidemics – at the same time – looking for victims if solutions fail.
Inequalities and contradictions have emerged in two main strategies to combat the infection: vaccination and imprisonment. The first seeks to quickly protect the most vulnerable and reduce hospitalizations and deaths. Second is controlling circulation – mainly young people – trying to stop the spread and reduce the appearance of variations, while at the same time giving a large portion of the population time to immunize.
On the anti-infectious side, “the rising tide of the third wave” in front of him (As Ursula van der Leyen said last week, EU Chief Executive Officer), with each new tightening or extension of restrictions, protests, clusters of protesters – increase the risk of spreading.
Over the past week, the number of new cases of Covid-19 in Europe has increased by 11%, slightly below the average of 13% of 27 EU members. This is the fourth week in a row of epidemics on the continent, mainly of a sequence drawn by the P117 variant, which was first identified in the UK.
Of the five major European countries, only the United Kingdom has recorded a significant drop in the number of new cases – Spain, too, has been negative, with its curve beginning to see an infiltration.
This apparent British victory was basically a positive side effect of the catastrophe: affected by p.117, More infectious and more dangerous, The country needed to impose harsh imprisonment at the beginning of the year to free the hospitals, It had already collapsed.
No. Indicator developed by Oxford University, Measuring the severity and breadth of prescribed measures, the United Kingdom ranks first among European countries. On a scale of 0 to 100, it crossed 85 points, with Germany and Italy at 80 and France and Spain at less than 75.
However, government orders would mean very little if they were not carried out, and this time the British seem to have followed the guidelines – unlike what happened during the most tumultuous months of 2020.
Movement fell by 37% over the pre-epidemic period, twice as much as in Germany or Spain and 50% more than in France or Italy.
The English a “Slow, gradual and safe” withdrawal Restrictions for 15 days, with schools reopening, after the restriction – at least for now – is its variation. However, on the continent, P.117 already occupies and dominates more than half of Europe In Germany, France, Italy and Spain.
When British students return to class, Italians return home in almost all regions, and some Germans may follow suit.
On Monday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will discuss the easing of restrictions imposed on December 16 with the governors of 16 states. Instead, they have suspended new reopens such as bars, restaurants and cultural venues.
Homework valid until the end of March has been extended to April 18th. Areas of accelerated epidemics will have to retreat and close shops and schools.
In France, which sees its hospitals reach concentration levels, the government announced in the same relaxation – the start of the curfew order has been postponed from 6pm to 7pm – and the tightening: An “adult lock” in Paris 15 more French departments.
Residents of these regions can leave home as many times as they want, but they should not be more than 10 km from home. Schools, hairdressers, bookstores and music stores are open.
“The rules are clear, they are based on common sense, not childish,” said French Prime Minister Jean Costex, announcing his unrestricted restrictions – “measures to prevent the virus from imprisoning us”.
If the same national government in France is opened and closed, there is conflict between the autonomous regions in Spain.
In Catalonia, universities canceled face-to-face classes on the 8th; In Valencia, bars and restaurants opened on terraces with 100% capacity and 30% indoor spaces.
The permitted indoor capacity in La Rioja is 50% and the city also has open public swimming pools. In Galicia, last week, four municipalities went to maximum imprisonment – Soutomr, Boforus, Bobra de Brolin and Mesquite and two disbelievers — Coruna and Pontevadra.
In Italy, where The government took charge So it does not carry the burden of any previous control, the control measures are strict.
Most of the country On the last 15 its rules were tightened The whole country enters the red zone during Easter: leaving home on those days for essential reasons.
Prime Minister Mario Draghi has closed more than half of Italy’s schools, including Rome, Milan and Venice, sparking protests from teachers, parents and students.
Even when it came to his honeymoon with the Italians, he said he was aware that “these activities will have an impact on the education, economy and overall psychological state of children”, but they are essential.
On the side of the vaccine, Europe continues to move slowly, Due to various barriers such as structure, structure, personnel and immunizations.
Of the four major EU countries, only Italy has used all the dosages available so far, according to the ECDC (European Centers for Disease Control). Germany, France and Spain still keep a quarter of their ambulances in refrigerators.
Despite the approval of the EU regulatory body and the recommendation that it be used for all adults, the governments of the four countries have limited the use of vaccines produced by AstraZeneca.
Frustrated by the slow pace of their immunization campaigns, the United Kingdom, which launched a month ago, has already given the first dose to half of adults, with the EU pointing a finger at its neighbor last week.
He complained that he did not reconsider the sale of vaccines and threatened to block exports to his former partner.
Boris Johnson felt the blow. This Monday, in anticipation of the third wave, he was the one who sent the sacrificial attire back to the EU.
Speaking to reporters in Lancashire in northwest England, he said, “Previous experience has taught us that when a wave hits our friends, it hits our shores as well.