Omicron in Europe continues to spread rapidly to relax or tighten the epidemic in many countries is controversial

2022-07-21 0 By

According to the latest statistics from the Who Regional Office for Europe, the OMicron strain of the COVID-19 variant is replacing the Delta strain in the region at an unprecedented rate.Despite the rise in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Many European countries due to the omikron strain, there is disagreement not only between countries in the region but also within countries over whether to further tighten or gradually relax measures.The omikron strain now accounts for 31.8 percent of new coronavirus cases in Europe, up from 15 percent in the previous week, who Regional Office for Europe Director Thomas Klug said in a statement on Monday.According to the Robert Koch Institute of Disease Control and Prevention in Germany, 63,393 new cases were reported as of midnight on Sunday, the highest number of new cases per 100,000 people in the country.German Health Minister Hans Lauterbach said On Wednesday that he insisted that Germany should stick to a prudent quarantine policy line, and pointed out that Germany cannot relax its policy like some other countries because of its aging population.In order to further promote COVID-19 vaccination, France officially launched the “vaccine pass” on Monday. Starting from Monday, all people aged 16 and above should show proof of full vaccination when entering restaurants, bars, theaters, domestic flights and inter-city trains. Those who only provide a negative certificate of novel coronavirus test will not be allowed to pass.France also announced a gradual easing of some quarantine measures from early February.Catherine Ille, a French epidemiologist, said she found it hard to understand the “optimism” that the government’s timetable for relaxing some of the measures was “very unwise”.She said the unprecedented number of new infections in France and the high number of patients admitted to hospitals each day were continuing to have an impact on the health system.British Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed on Thursday that all testing requirements for fully vaccinated people entering the UK will be lifted.The UK government reported 88,447 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 15,953,685.A total of 56 new deaths were reported, bringing the total death toll to 153,916.Earlier, Johnson said the UK would end plan B, which was launched to deal with the Omicron strain, this week.Sajid Javid, the Health secretary, said the UK would have a plan on how to co-exist with novel Coronavirus in the spring.Only about 57 percent of Poland’s population of more than 38 million is fully vaccinated, below the current EU average.Poland’s health Minister Adam Niejelski warned Sunday that the fifth wave of the omikron strain could bring the number of new cases in a single day to more than 50,000 this week.Nonetheless, the Polish government reduced the quarantine period for people in close contact with confirmed cases from 10 days to seven days.The Swedish government also reduced the quarantine period for close contacts from seven days to five days on Monday, mainly because of the shortage of workers in schools, public transport and other public sectors due to sick leave or quarantine due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases.The Dutch government has eased some COVID-19 control measures since Monday, including the resumption of classes at universities, sports venues and some shops.But many in the Netherlands believe the situation remains serious, especially with the omikron strain spreading so fast that a premature relaxation of containment measures could lead to a further sharp rise in infections and put even more pressure on the already overburdened local health system.Romania saw nearly 20,000 new daily cases last week for three days in a row.Romania is facing the fifth wave of COVID-19 and people are at high risk of infection because the omicron strain is spreading so fast, Health Minister Luiz Rafaela told a local television station on Thursday.But health experts generally agree that despite the rapid increase in new cases caused by the Omikron strain, the country’s healthcare system has not yet come under significant strain.The number of confirmed cases in Italy has exceeded 10 million as of Sunday, with 77,696 new cases reported on Sunday, down for six consecutive days, according to official data.The Italian government’s special commissioner for COVID-19, Francesco Filiolo, said that as far as we can see, the omicron strain in the country is in a stable phase.Klug said the Omicron strain offered plausible hope for “stabilisation and normalisation” of the COVID-19 epidemic, but that it was too early to relax and there were still huge differences in access to COVID-19 vaccines.Klug recommended robust surveillance and surveillance by governments and health agencies for new mutated strains, as well as increased vaccination rates and a push for booster shots.(Reporter: He Miao;Participating Journalists: Wang Xiangjiang, Lin Huifen, Li Xuejun, Pan Geping, Lin Jing, Zhang Zhang, Chen Chen, Zhang Yirong, Guo Shuang, Zhou Xiaotian) (Stockholm, January 24, Xinhua)