New cases of COVID-19 have seen a spike in recent weeks, with countries such as Germany, Austria and Romania reporting record numbers of daily infections. Countries have adopted partial restrictions and increased restrictions on non-vaccinated people, but a return to full confinement for now is “unlikely”.
While we are in Portugal waiting for Infarmed’s meeting on Friday to hear from experts and decide whether some restrictions should be reimposed, measures are already being taken in other European countries in the face of an upsurge in new covid-19 cases and rising deaths. The number of casualties, especially when vaccination is underdeveloped.
Analysts at UBS Global Wealth Management, led by Mark Heffle, argue that a full renewal of restrictions, as we saw at the start of the pandemic, “seems unlikely, despite the increase in COVID-19 cases across Europe, as vaccines weaken the link between infection and disease.” dangerous.”
Partial return restrictions in Europe
The Netherlands was the first country to return to confinement, but only partially. Since last Saturday, the country has been adhering to a three-week “limited confinement”, with earlier closings of shops and restaurants, bans on fans in stadiums, restrictions on home visits and encouraging remote work.
Austria has been a pioneer in moving forward with holding unvaccinated people and people who have not completed the covid-19 vaccine schedule. This action will affect about two million Austrians. In addition, unvaccinated people were not allowed to enter exhibitions, various stores, commercial spaces and restaurants.
In Germany, which this week set new records of infection, it is recommended to return to remote work, and those who have to travel for work, “for imperative reasons”, are required to present a certificate of vaccination or a negative test for covid-19. The new restrictions are still being studied in light of the “tragic” situation facing the country.
Remote work and the use of masks indoors are also some of the measures announced in Belgium and the Czech Republic to contain the development of the epidemic. UK, Italy and Norway extends vaccination of citizens with the third dose of the vaccine.
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