If, in France, the signals of restarting the pandemic remain, to this day, still weak, the situation has deteriorated very markedly for several weeks elsewhere in the world and, in particular, in Europe. Without going as far as New Zealand, which yesterday recorded a record number of detected cases of coronavirus (94 new cases against 89 recorded in April 2020), it is in the east of the continent that the Covid-19 is resuming sharply.
Kremlin deplores vaccinophobia
1,015 deaths from the disease in the past 24 hours: Russia has never reached such a ceiling since the start of the pandemic. While only 35% of Russians have so far received two doses of vaccine against the new coronavirus and that, according to polls, more than one in two inhabitants refuse the injection, Dmitry Peskov, the spokesman of the Kremlin, deplores a “vaccinophobia”. According to him, it is not linked to the Russian product Sputnik V, but would apply to all the others, whether they come from Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca… “We are used to blaming the state for everything,” says he does. But at the same time, the position of the country’s citizens must be more responsible. Now is the time for all of us to be civic. While several members of scientific councils recently resigned in protest against the underestimation of statistics related to Covid-19, the Russian government is considering declaring “non-working” the first week of November. The Moscow municipality strikes a blow by ordering a four-month confinement – until February 25, 2022 – for those over 60 years unvaccinated.
Latvia, the first country in the European Union to reconfine
Curfew between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m., closure of cafes, restaurants, theaters, cinemas and concert halls, widespread teleworking … A few hours earlier, this Tuesday, neighboring Latvia which is also breaking records contamination and mortality decided a new hard confinement of nearly a month, until November 15. It is the first country in the European Union to take up this type of measure. “I apologize to those who have already been vaccinated, but the restrictions will apply to everyone, explained Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins, Monday night, after a meeting of more than ten hours with his government. There are still too many unvaccinated people who catch Covid and die in hospital. The same scenario is emerging in Ukraine, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and in the Balkans. In Romania, which is also behind in its vaccination campaign compared to other European countries, the daily death toll has never been higher.
But other worrying signs are being detected in the UK. Despite one of the highest vaccine coverage rates in Europe, the country is once again seeing its results slippage on the Covid-19 front. The new contaminations fluctuate between 35,000 and 45,000 daily cases, with an incidence rate of 4,100 cases per million inhabitants as of October 12. A figure much higher than in the rest of Europe and nearly 10 times higher than that of France. While the Johnson government lifted almost all restrictions in mid-July, the addition is coming, according to several British scientists who are calling for the activation of “plan B”, the return of certain mandatory measures such as the wearing of masks in home and encouragement of teleworking.