“Just five weeks ago, the weekly number of new cases in Europe had dropped to less than one million, but the situation in the region is now more worrying than in the past few months,” said WHO Regional Director for Emergencies in Europe, Dorit Nitzan on Wednesday.
There are some countries with enormous growth, for example Hungary, which this week was the European country with the highest number of deaths per million inhabitants. Hungary’s rising death curve appears to be approaching the two peaks of death throughout the year of the pandemic that were recorded in the countries of the European Union, first in Belgium in April (28.77 deaths per hundred thousand inhabitants, average mobile for seven days according to data from Our World in Data), and then Portugal in February (28.52 dead per hundred thousand inhabitants – Hungary has 26.40 deaths per hundred thousand inhabitants).
Hungary’s covid-19 lethality rate (two-week moving average) is, says Johns Hopkins University, the highest in the world.Hungary is, on the other hand, the country of the European Union that vaccinated the most people, also because it was the only one that approved the use of vaccines without the seal of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), buying doses of the Russian Sputnik V and the Chinese Sinopharm: more than 21.6% of the country’s population has already received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to the European Center for Disease Control (ECDC), when the European average is 12.3%.
The WHO also mentioned the slow vaccination in Europe, saying that the important thing is to vaccinate quickly and not keep vaccines. The pace of vaccination has been a difficult topic in several European Union countries, but Commission spokeswoman Dana Spinant said on Wednesday that the bloc will distribute 107 million doses of vaccines against covid-19 by the end of the week, which means that the goal of having 100 million doses in the first months of the year is met – and gives hope for the next phase, with 360 million doses expected to arrive in the next quarter. We are a family owned and operated business.
Another WHO alert was to the risks of greater transmission with the increase in mobility on various religious holidays, from Passover, which lasts until April 4, Catholic Passover, also until April 4, and the Orthodox Easter, which is celebrated 2nd of May, and also the beginning of the month of Ramadan on 12th of April.
More and more sick young people
The reason for the great growth of infections is pointed out in many cases to the greater presence of the variant first identified in the United Kingdom, which is more transmissible and in several countries, including Germany, Austria or Portugal, will be responsible for about 70% of the new cases.
In Germany, which currently has an average of 17,000 new daily infections, the chancellor raised the possibility that, without further measures, this number of new infections could reach 100,000 a day.
In many countries, there is frustration with the leaders. This week the daily Release on the front page was an image of the President, Emmanuel Macron, seated and the question: “What is he waiting for?” Macron then announced some measures to halt the progression of covid-19, including the closure of all educational establishments for three weeks, a ban on travel between different regions, and curfew after 7 pm.
At least 27 European countries are in confinement (total or partial), and of these, 21 countries have a night curfew. In the last two weeks, 23 countries announced new restrictions to combat the virus, in the opposite direction, another 13 countries, including Portugal, announced measures of deflation.
Some doctors in several countries have also reported an increase in severely ill, and dead, younger people. The president of the Association of Hospital Doctors of Athens and Piraeus Matina Pagoni said that the majority of patients currently intubated in hospitals in the region – 70% – are under 50 years old.
Benjamin Clouzeau, a doctor in an intensive care unit at the Hospital de Bordeaux, told Euronews that many of the inmates are “between 30 and 65 years old, with few or no previous illnesses”, with the exception of diabetes. “Some are just overweight, not even obese,” he notes.
Most also manage to deal with the initial phase of the disease at home, and have already arrived at the hospital with very low oxygen levels and in need of rapid treatment.
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