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Xinhua News Agency, Berlin, November 18th

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Recently, the new crown epidemic in Europe has continued to worsen. The number of newly confirmed cases reported by some countries on the 18th hit a new high since the epidemic. The World Health Organization’s weekly report on the global new crown epidemic released on the 16th showed that in the past week in Europe, 230 new cases were confirmed every 100,000 people in 7 days, the highest in the world.

Experts believe that Europe has recently become the “epicenter” of the global epidemic, which is related to factors such as the arrival of winter, premature unblocking, and insufficient vaccination. Many European countries have recently tightened epidemic prevention measures and accelerated vaccination to control the rebound of the epidemic.

Sudden increase in cases

According to data released by the Robert Koch Institute, a German disease control agency, on the 18th, the number of confirmed cases in Germany exceeded 65,000 for the first time; 336.9 new cases were newly diagnosed within 7 days for every 100,000 people, which was also a record high.

The Austrian Ministry of Health reported 15,145 new confirmed cases on the 18th, the largest increase in a single day since the epidemic; the cumulative number of confirmed cases also exceeded the one million mark, increasing to 1,011,465.

On the 18th, the United Kingdom reported more than 46,000 new confirmed cases, and France reported more than 20,000 new confirmed cases.

The number of newly confirmed cases in Poland, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece, the Netherlands, Ireland and other countries has also reached new highs in recent days, and the medical systems of many countries are under heavy pressure.

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Polish Minister of Health Nederski said on the 18th that Poland may usher in a new wave of infection peak next month, and the current bed occupancy rate for the treatment of new crown patients in the country has reached 72%.

The Ministry of Health of Slovenia recently stated that the epidemic forced local hospitals to cancel non-emergency surgeries and prioritize medical resources to treat patients with COVID-19. However, the use of intensive care beds for patients with COVID-19 has become saturated, and the shortage of medical staff caused by the surge in patients with COVID-19 has also become a problem. waiting to be solved.

Multiple reasons

The European epidemic has rebounded rapidly. Many experts believe that the increase in indoor activities in winter is one of the reasons, but issues such as the premature relaxation of epidemic prevention measures and the need to increase vaccination rates are particularly worthy of attention.

Lothar Willer, director of the Robert Koch Institute, pointed out on the 17th that Germany is currently “opening too many fields too fast”. In his view, clubs and bars must be closed, large-scale events should be cancelled, and epidemic prevention regulations should be strictly enforced. In some public areas, only vaccinators and COVID-19 patients can enter.

The chief executive of the Irish Health Service Executive Director Paul Reid said on the 18th that after the country lifted most of the epidemic prevention measures last month, the number of confirmed cases, hospitalized cases and severe cases has increased significantly, putting tremendous pressure on the national medical system. .

Experts from many countries have emphasized the importance of vaccination. The Robert Koch Institute recently warned that if the vaccination rate is not significantly increased based on the size of the population, the severity of the epidemic in Germany will be far greater than in the past. According to data from the Institute on the 18th, 67.8% of the people in Germany have completed the entire vaccination process.

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Julian Tang, a virologist at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom, also pointed out the importance of vaccination. He said: “Delta strain can easily bypass natural immunity and vaccine immunity, and cause more symptomatic and serious infections in people who have not been vaccinated.”

Some Slovenian experts believe that the worsening of the epidemic in the country is related to the low vaccination rate. Slovenia’s new crown vaccination rate currently ranks low among EU countries. The Slovenian government and experts are urging the people to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Tighten prevention and control

Facing the new wave of epidemics, many European countries have tightened epidemic prevention measures and promoted vaccination.

Germany held a meeting between federal and state leaders on the 18th to discuss the latest epidemic prevention policies. The hospitalization rate is used as an important reference for formulating anti-epidemic policies; some public places will only be open to people who have been vaccinated against the new crown and those who have recovered from the new crown.

Austria has implemented “blocking” measures for those who have not been vaccinated since the 15th. The most severely affected states of Upper Austria and Salzburg announced on the 18th that they will implement “ban” measures on all local residents from next week.

According to the latest regulations of the Irish government, starting from midnight on the 18th, everyone must return to work from home unless necessary; entering and leaving movie theaters, theaters, etc. must show the new crown pass; restaurants, bars and other places must be closed before 12 midnight.

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The Netherlands is implementing a three-week prevention and control measure, including restoring the 1.5-meter social distancing requirement in public places and restricting the business hours of commercial stores. The country has also advanced the vaccination booster vaccination originally planned to start in December by two weeks, starting on the 18th. Beginning with booster vaccination for people over 80 years old and front-line medical staff.

Italy, Greece, Hungary, Sweden and other countries are also working hard to promote vaccination. In order to encourage people to be vaccinated, the Greek government announced that from November 6th, citizens who have not been vaccinated will need to hold a negative certificate of the new coronavirus nucleic acid test to enter shops, barbershops, banks, public institutions, restaurants and other places. All employees in the public and private sectors who have not been vaccinated are required to undergo nucleic acid testing twice a week at their own expense.

Hungary’s chief medical officer Miller Cecilia recently posted a video on social networking sites to urge people to get vaccinated. She said: “The hospital is overcrowded and the number of infections is rising. I really can’t imagine how people can understand the importance of vaccination?” (Note-holder: Zhang Yirong; Participating reporters: Chen Chen, Guo Shuang, Yu Tao, Wang Xiangjiang, Zhang Qi , Zhang Zhang, Chen Hao, Peng Lijun, Li Xuejun, Yu Shuaishuai, Zhou Xiaotian, Fu Yiming, He Miao)

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