Europe seems to contain the worsening Covid crisis, but in the UK it’s “Happy Monday”
Medical workers will monitor Covid-19 patients on Tuesday March 16, 2021 in an additional intensive care unit (ICU) set up to deal with the pandemic at the Ambroise Pare Clinic in Paris, France.
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The Covid crisis in Europe seems to diverge further this week as the public health situation deteriorates in France and Germany. However, the UK is taking another step to ease the lockdown on Monday.
Germany has already extended its lockdown to April 18, but Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged German states to do more against infections and suggested that the federal government give the regions (which were largely free to make their own decisions) a certain amount Measures could withdraw control) to better contain the crisis. This is happening even though Merkel is turning around to introduce a strict Easter ban.
“We have to break this third wave,” Merkel told ARD on Sunday. “We have a legal obligation to curb the spread, and right now that’s not happening.”
She added that additional restrictions like curfews may be needed to prevent the virus from growing “exponentially,” Deutsche Welle reported. Germany reported 9,872 new cases on Monday, data from the Robert Koch Institute showed, bringing the total number of infections to over 2.7 million. To date, nearly 76,000 people have died from the virus.
On Saturday, the country’s intensive care doctors called for a two-week tough lockdown to avoid overloading the health system. Similar calls were made on Sunday in France, where cases continue to rise to worrying levels.
The French government has already partially closed more than a dozen regions, including Paris, but cases are increasing and hospitals are struggling.
On Sunday, doctors in Paris warned in the Le Journal du Dimanche newspaper that high-flying infections could soon overwhelm the capital’s hospitals, forcing them to choose which patients to treat.
France reported 37,014 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, data from the Ministry of Health showed, bringing the total number of infections to over 4.5 million. To date, over 94,000 people have died from the virus in the country.
Deutsche Bank strategists discovered this on Monday “”Investors are increasingly concerned about the rising number of cases in multiple regions, which in turn increases the prospect of further restrictions and restrictions on economic activity. “
As mainland Europe struggles with a spike in cases, the UK is further easing lockdown measures from today after following its roadmap to lift all restrictions on social contact on June 21.
Dubbed “Happy Monday” in the UK media, Brits can now gather outdoors in groups of up to six and team sports can start over. The “stay at home” rule has also ended, but the government advises caution, saying that people should continue to work from home whenever possible.
Travel abroad is still prohibited unless there is a valid reason and a fine of £ 5,000 (US $ 6,887) has been imposed on anyone attempting to vacation abroad. The government plans to announce later this week – ahead of schedule – how it expects international travel to resume.
Swimmers jump into the water at Hillingdon Lido in west London as England’s third Covid-19 lockdown restrictions ease, allowing outdoor sports facilities to open on March 29, 2021.
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Non-essential shops, hairdressers, beauty salons, and outdoor drinking and eating in pubs and restaurants will all be allowed on April 12, providing much-needed relief for the British after a year of lockdown and loss of coronavirus. The country has reported over 4.3 million coronavirus cases and over 126,000 deaths.
A bright spot in the country’s pandemic experience was the introduction of vaccination, which began in earnest in December. It was the first country to introduce coronavirus vaccines en masse. So far, 57% of the country’s adults had received a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, meaning 30 million adults have now received a first shot.
Britain’s bold vaccination program has been praised for its speed and agility, but has been criticized on the continent, where the introduction of gunfire has been slower.
Drug maker AstraZeneca was in the line of fire for delaying vaccine supplies to the block. However, so far the EU has stopped preventing vaccine exports to the UK and both sides have pledged to work together to resolve a dispute over vaccine supplies.