While some countries are gradually reopening, others are entering the third wave of the pandemic.
Germany, France, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia report a further increase in the infection rate due to mutations in the virus.
Instead, Boris Johnson presented the plan for England’s exit from the second national lockdown. Gradual. Students return to school on March 8, but non-essential shops, barbershops and gyms will only reopen on April 12.
All adults in the UK will be vaccinated with the first dose of an anti-COVID serum by the end of July, the London government has promised. So far, more than 17.6 million Britons, or more than a quarter of the total population, have received a dose of a coronavirus vaccine.
The sustained rate of vaccination in the United Kingdom has been linked to a substantial reduction in the risk of hospitalization in hospitals with severe forms of Covid, according to a new study. The comparison was made for hospitalizations in Scotland, between those who received at least one dose of Pfizer or Astra Zeneca serum and those who were not vaccinated at all. Conclusion of the study – the number of serious diseases decreased by 85 and 94 percent, respectively, depending on the respective sera.
Matt Hancock, British Minister of Health: “The goal is to offer vaccines to those in the first 9 categories, ie the most vulnerable, those over 50, as well as health and social assistance employees, until April 15. Then all adults would receive the vaccine by the end of July. “
Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday unveiled a cautious plan in parliament to lift restrictions in England.
Matt Hancock, British Minister of Health: “There are still almost 20,000 people in the hospital. We must have a prudent but irreversible approach, that is the goal. “
In two weeks, on March 8, the schools will reopen and outdoor activities will be allowed, after classes. Also, two people will be able to sit together in public spaces, for example for a coffee, a glass of alcohol or a picnic. From March 29, groups of 6 people are allowed again. The sports fields for adults and children will also be reopened.
Israel is reopening new sectors of the economy
Meanwhile, Israel has just reopened new sectors of the economy, in what it called the “beginning of a return to routine,” after COVID vaccinations nearly reached 50 percent of the population. While the shops are open to everyone, access to the gyms and performance halls depends on a so-called digital vaccination passport, displayed in a special application of the Ministry of Health.
Benjamin netanyahu: “Anyone with this green passport can enjoy the gyms, cinemas, restaurants, flights again. But we will proceed with great caution. “
To encourage vaccination among the very young, a bar in Tel Aviv has launched the offer: free non-alcoholic beverage to those who get vaccinated right at the counter. A mobile team has the injections ready.
The situation is worsening in several European countries
In other countries, the situation is getting worse, but – the Czech Republic has had at least 10,000 new cases of infection in each of the last few days. Almost 11,200 positive tests were reported on Saturday! As of today, masks with a higher degree of protection FFP 2 or FFP 3 are mandatory in public transport.
With more than 16 deaths per million inhabitants in the last seven days, Slovakia has become the country with the highest death rate associated with Covid in the world. At the end of last year, the entire population was tested repeatedly. Now, however, the situation is out of control due to outbreaks with the British strain. Over 80% of new cases of Covid-19 in Slovakia are with the Kent variant.
Despite opposition from some ministers, Prime Minister Matovic announced the purchase of two million doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine, given the insufficient number of vaccines ordered by the European Commission. Slovakia thus becomes, after Hungary, the second EU country to use the Russian vaccine.
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