The highly contagious type of coronavirus is spreading across Europe. The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified the strain in at least 36 of the 53 countries in the European region. The rate of corona infection in this region has increased a lot. In such a situation, various restrictions are being imposed in European countries to prevent the spread of the disease.
The United Kingdom and Spain have recorded the highest number of infections in a single day since the start of the Corona epidemic, according to the BBC. France fears that the infection will soon reach 1 million. French Health Minister Olivier Vieran has warned that about 60,000 people a day are affected by corona in the country. Omicron is believed to be responsible for this. Further expansion is expected in early January.
According to the latest figures released by the European Union (EU), more than 69 million people in Europe have been affected by corona since the onset of the epidemic. And about 1.5 million people have died.
Restrictions in the country
Vaccination of 5- to 11-year-olds in France began on Wednesday in a time when coronary heart disease was on the rise in France. However, it has been said that for the time being, 12 to 15 year olds will not be given booster dose.
Germany has announced it will lift restrictions to tackle the rising tide of infection. From December 26, no more than 10 people will be able to gather for personal work. The nightclubs will be closed. Spectators will not be able to attend the football match from the same day.
A day earlier, Portuguese bars and nightclubs had been ordered to close on December 26. From that day till January 9, it is compulsory to work from home. Gathering of more than 10 people outside the house is also prohibited.
Finnish bars and restaurants have been ordered to close at 10pm from December 24. Later, the restaurants will have to close at 8 pm for three weeks from December 28. Besides, restrictions have also been given to keep the seats limited.
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson has spoken out against the imposition of new sanctions on England ahead of Christmas. However, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have taken steps to prevent social interaction.
The Swedish government has also instructed to work from home. New guidelines have been issued on bars, cafes and restaurants in the country since yesterday. The Netherlands started a severe lockdown last Monday.
‘Another storm is coming’
Meanwhile, many European countries have not yet imposed restrictions to prevent corona infection. However, experts believe that the rest of the countries will follow the path of sanctions at the end of Christmas.
Hans Kluge, the World Health Organization’s director for Europe at the World Health Organization (WHO), says the rise in infections across Europe could push the region’s health system to the brink of collapse. In his commentary, another storm is coming in a few weeks.
Meanwhile, Bill Gates, co-founder of technology company Microsoft, tweeted on Tuesday expressing concern over the spread of Omicron. “We can enter the worst part of the epidemic,” he wrote.