Almost everywhere in Europe, rising numbers of corona infections are causing new concerns for governments. In countries like France and Spain, people are already thinking about imposing an emergency.The number of reported infections with the Coronavirus in Europe is increasing again significantly. In many places, the intensive care units in hospitals are already at their limit.
Governments are imposing stricter measures to contain the spread of the pandemic. An overview of developments in key countries over the past week.
Spain is particularly badly affected with 850,000 infections. The number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days was 115 last. 1,330 people died in one week. The proportion of Covid 19 patients in hospitals is increasing.
Strict restrictions and measures apply nationwide, including the requirement to wear a mask outdoors. Many areas and communities are cordoned off. A cordon of the capital and nine other municipalities in the greater Madrid area ordered by the Ministry of Health was lifted by the judiciary.
The central government is now considering a corona emergency.
France has already imposed the highest corona warning level in several large cities – including Paris, Lyon and Marseille. Health Minister Olivier Véran warns that it will get worse.
There is concern about the situation in Paris hospitals. The proportion of Covid 19 patients in intensive care units is increasing there. The government is responding, for example, by closing bars in regions where the situation is particularly serious.
General exit restrictions throughout the country should be prevented. With 18,746 new corona infections within 24 hours, there was a daily high on Wednesday.
Czech Republic – formerly a Corona model student – has become the sad leader in new infections per 100,000 inhabitants according to the latest EU figures. On average, 374.6 people per 100,000 inhabitants were infected within 14 days.
On Thursday, 5,394 new cases were recorded in the country with a population of 10.7 million – the third daily record in a row.
The government has banned cultural and sporting events. According to experts, if the curve does not flatten, there will soon be a dramatic bottleneck in the health system.
Great Britain Also suffers badly: lack of tests, a patchwork of regulations, ailing clinics, tens of thousands of deaths. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who became ill in the spring, is increasingly criticized for being a poor crisis manager.
His government speaks of a “dangerous” situation. The north of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and parts of Wales are particularly hard hit. According to experts, the clinics are facing collapse, especially in the north of England.
On Thursday alone, the authorities reported more than 17,500 infected people nationwide within 24 hours.
Italy is concerned about the steep increase in the number of infections this week. The country, which was Europe’s corona hotspot in March, registered almost 4,500 infections on Thursday – as many as last April. The big difference: Now as many people die of Covid-19 per month as in one day back then.
The intensive care units are not at their limit with around 360 Covid patients. Rome is constantly tightening the measures – now mask requirements also apply outdoors.
The values are climbing particularly strongly in the south. The medical system there is weaker than in the north.
In the Netherlands 5,831 new infections were reported on Thursday – 800 more than the day before. The number of patients in hospitals and intensive care units is increasing rapidly.
Clinics have drastically reduced care for other patients and canceled hundreds of operations.
841 per 100,000 inhabitants were most recently infected within seven days. Last week, an average of 16 deaths a day were reported.
Citizens and experts are calling for significantly stricter measures. Masks are strongly recommended for public spaces, but so far they are not mandatory.
Belgium recently recorded rapidly increasing numbers. The 14-day incidence – the number of infections per 100,000 population within two weeks – was most recently 280.7. In the capital Brussels, cafes and bars are now closed for a month.
The government also tightened the nationwide rules: citizens are only allowed to have close contact with three people outside the family per month. There is curfew at 11 p.m.