While in Israel Settlements of bran with their families on Seder night, With almost no restrictions thanks to the most advanced corona vaccine operation in the world, many areas around the world continue to face severe outbreaks of the virus, which also lead to severe restrictions on the population. Germany is now warned that the third wave in Europe is only expected to worsen, in the UK the London government has stuck to the closure program despite expectations that morbidity will rise again – and Brazil continues to break mortality rates, with more than 3,600 patients dying in one day.
In Britain, which, unlike the EU, is rapidly advancing its immunization campaign and has so far vaccinated more than 29 million people with at least one vaccine, Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered a speech at a virtual conference of members of his Conservative party, declaring that he intends to continue. Who described the “road map to freedom.”
Johnson told his party members that he was looking forward to getting a haircut and drinking beer at the pub. This will be possible for him with the wave of relief in the area of England expected on April 12, when non-essential stores will also be reopened. This coming Monday, more limited facilities are expected, which will allow, among other things, groups of up to six people to gather in open spaces. The ban on the entry of foreign passengers will continue until at least May 17, which is also the earliest date for the opening of closed sites in the hospitality industry, such as hotels and concert halls.
Johnson warned that although “we are in a different world from last spring,” it is now necessary to prepare for the challenges ahead. He noted that from the “bitter experience” of the British, the current wave of morbidity in continental Europe is expected to hit the UK about three weeks late, but expressed hope that the vaccination campaign would allow the local health system to absorb the expected leap.
“As things stand now, I see no data that deters me from continuing on our long roadmap towards freedom, reopening our economy and returning to the way of life we love,” Johnson said.
His remarks come amid a moderation in the declining trend in morbidity, at least in the UK region. Yesterday, the UK reported another 6,187 infections diagnosed in one day, a slight decrease from the figure reported on Thursday. Another 70 corona patients died in the kingdom yesterday.
At the same time as the British Prime Minister’s hope regarding the continued opening of the economy, the kingdom reported last night that an agreement with the EU may be signed in the near future – an agreement that will end what has been dubbed the “vaccine war” between Brussels and London. Europe, it will be recalled, is not meeting the targets of its vaccination campaign, and is angry at drug companies like Astra-Zenica for failing to supply the EU countries with the amount of doses it has pledged.
According to the Times of London, as part of the agreement reached, the union will remove its threat to block the export of Astra-Zenka packages to the UK, which in turn will agree to waive receipt of certain long-term parcel deliveries from new plant established by a contractor Sub of Astra-Zenika in the Netherlands.
The Reuters news agency emphasizes that despite this report, Brussels has never explicitly threatened to block the production of vaccines, but only said that they would more closely examine all exports of vaccines to countries with high immunization rates or those that do not allow vaccinations to be exported to EU countries. A source in the European Commission also sounds skeptical about the Times’ report. “We have just started talks with Britain. There are no talks over the weekend,” the source told Reuters.
Another source in Brussels further claimed that the EU had never intended to share with the UK the Astraenic vaccines produced at the new plant in the Netherlands, by subcontractor Halix. Just yesterday, this plant received permission to start operating, along with approval given for the operation of a new Pfizer plant in the city of Marburg in Germany. In Brussels, it is hoped that these new facilities will increase the supply of vaccines to EU countries.
Along with the Astra-Zenica, Pfizer and Modernera vaccines, the European Union has also approved the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which requires only one dose. In Germany today, Health Minister Jans Schpan said the first shipment, albeit a relatively small one of a few hundred thousand, is expected to reach authorities in mid-April. He said the next shipments would already be larger, in the amount of several millions. In total, Germany hopes to receive about 15 million vaccine doses next month, thus significantly accelerating its operation.
In Germany, only about 10% of the population has so far received at least one dose of the vaccine, which means that the vaccine campaign still has no real effect on the rate of infection – which in Germany is also rising again. This morning, German health authorities reported another 20,472 new infections in one day. Although this is a small decrease compared to yesterday, when 21,572 infections were reported, but compared to the figure reported a week just before the upward trend is very noticeable – 17,482 new infections were reported then. The death toll rose in the last day to 157, reaching 75,780 since the outbreak. Health Minister Pan warned yesterday that there were “clear signs” that the third wave Germany was experiencing could be worse than the previous two morbidity waves. “Right now the data is rising too fast, and the variants are making the situation particularly dangerous,” said Pan, referring to its British strain attributed to most morbidity now across Europe. “If it continues out of control, we run the risk of the health care system reaching a breaking point in April,” he said.
Today it was heard that Pan was more determined, saying that in order to reduce the morbidity a tight closure would be required for a period of 10 to 14 days. At the same time, Luther Weiler, who heads the German Roberch Koch Institute, the German Disease Control Institute, warned that the number of daily infections in Germany could reach 100,000 next month – if no preventive measures are taken. The warnings of senior German health officials come against the background of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to cancel the closure planned during the Easter holiday next month. Despite her message, to which Accompanied by an apology for the uncertainty Created, Weiler yesterday called on the Germans to stay home during the holidays and avoid multiple social contacts. “We are facing very difficult weeks,” he warned.
In France, too, variants of the virus continue to rage. Yesterday, the health authorities reported 41,869 infections in one day. The health care system in it – especially in the Paris area which is now together with other districts under partial closure – is experiencing an unusual load of patients. According to data from the French Ministry of Health, 4,766 corona patients are currently hospitalized in intensive care units – the highest figure since the beginning of 2021.
Macron was recently criticized for refraining from imposing a general closure – third in number – and instead adhered to local restrictions and night curfews. Though Tuesday Beat for sin And acknowledging that the government of other European countries’ preparations for the vaccination campaign were flawed, Macron insisted he did not feel a sense of failure regarding the current state of morbidity in France. “I have no guilt, no regrets and no sense of failure,” Macron said Thursday. He noted that the coming weeks in France would also be difficult – and hinted that he was now also open to stricter restrictions: “We will take effective steps at the right time, and I have no taboo with me.”
In light of the widespread spread of the virus in France, two countries – Germany and Spain – announced over the weekend that at border crossings, also overland, passengers would now be required to present negative results of Corona tests. Although these guidelines have certain exceptions, such as truck drivers who can enter Spain without the need for tests, they highlight the great fear in Europe of the spread of the virus.
Spain has also reported a gradual increase in morbidity over the past week, with local health authorities saying the number of infections per 100,000 was 138.6 on Friday, while on Thursday it was 134 per 100,000. Yesterday, authorities there reported 7,586 new infections, and another 590 patients died.
The demand to introduce negative corona tests to French people entering Spain comes against the background of the fact that many of them have come to the country in recent days, mainly to the Madrid area, in order to escape the restrictions in their country and enjoy open restaurants and bars. In Barcelona, by the way, about 5,000 people are expected to participate today in a rock performance by the Spanish band Love of Lesbian. Such mass performances are still banned in Spain, but the show has received special approval as part of an attempt to test the effectiveness of the tests in preventing contagion at major cultural events. On the island of the event, although they will be allowed to mix freely with each other, they will be required to continue wearing masks.
A spike in morbidity was also reported today in the Netherlands, where 8,798 people were diagnosed with corona in the last day – the highest number since the beginning of the year. The National Institutes of Health in The Hague anticipates that this trend will continue into the depths of April, although the Netherlands has now found itself under severe restrictions and night curfews, which include banning the opening of bars and attending gatherings indoors.
While in Europe they continue to fight for every possible vaccine, Bessarabia showed today that it is possible otherwise: and provided thousands of foreigners from neighboring countries with the desired injection. Long queues were observed today in Belgrade, of residents of Bosnia, Montenegro and northern Macedonia – sometimes paying families – while policemen stand aside to maintain order.
While Serbia’s neighbors are also facing a very limited supply of vaccines, there is no such shortage in Belgrade and it reports one of the highest immunization rates in Europe – more than two million of its 7 million inhabitants have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Authorities there stockpile a wide range of vaccines: Russian Sputnik V and those of Chinese Sinopharm, American Pfizer and British-Swedish Astra-Zenika.
Critics of populist President Alexander Vučić claim that this vaccination campaign for residents of neighboring countries is part of an attempt to increase Serbia’s regional influence and promote his personal image. Serbia, it should be noted, has already donated relatively smaller amounts of vaccines to northern Macedonia, Montenegro and Bosnia.
Despite the surge now taking place in Europe, it seems that the focus of morbidity in the world is now in Brazil, where authorities tonight reported new highs in morbidity data. In the last day, 3,650 corona patients have died in Brazil and more than 100,000 new infections have been diagnosed for the first time. Mortality rates reported in recent days in Brazil account for about a quarter of all cases reported worldwide. The total death toll in Brazil has already reached more than 300,000.
Although Brazilian President Jair Bolsonro continues to oppose stricter restrictions, in recent weeks he has dismissed further disparaging remarks such as his call for citizens to stop “crying”, but among governors of provinces and mayors there is a growing understanding that restrictions should be re-imposed on residents. The government’s Science and Technology Institute, Fiocruz, also called for a total closure in the country for two weeks on Thursday, in order to reduce the level of infection. The virus is raging in Brazil, with the vaccines in its territory running lazily in the background, partly due to delays in Astra-Zenka shipments. So far only 2% of the population of the largest country in Latin America have been completely vaccinated against the virus.
While in Brazil there is talk of a closure, in the Philippines it was announced today that in the capital area of Manila and the surrounding provinces – areas where a total of about 24 million people live – a new closure will actually be imposed. The island nation where more than 100 million people live is now also facing a spike in morbidity, and severe hospital congestion. The Ministry of Health today reported 9,595 new infections – the second highest since the outbreak. The total number of infected in the country stands at more than 712,000. The total death toll in the Philippines stands at more than 13,000.