Austria, the Netherlands, China … These countries which are partially The scenario currently unfolding in Austria and the Netherlands has a – bad – taste of déjà vu. A few weeks before the Christmas holidays and the end of the year celebrations, the two European countries have taken the decision to partially confine in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Back of the curfew in the Netherlands The Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, announced this Friday 12 November a partial reconfinement of the country for a minimum period of three weeks. This announcement follows a record of contaminations in 24 hours Thursday 10 November with 16 364 new cases of Covid – 18.
Bars, restaurants, essential shops and supermarkets will have to close their doors from 19 time. Non-essential stores will have to stop welcoming the public as soon as 16 hours.
These new measures put in place by the Dutch government also concern gatherings, now limited to four people. Public events are canceled until further notice.
The vaccination rate in the Netherlands is 71, 2 %, or slightly lower than in France. According to figures from the government of the Netherlands, 69% of people admitted to intensive care are not vaccinated. The decline in vaccine efficacy over time is also one of the factors mentioned to explain the resumption of the epidemic.
For the moment, the conditions for entry into Dutch territory remain
Containment of unvaccinated people in Austria In Austria, where the vaccination rate is low (65%) compared to the European average (65%) the government made the decision to only reconfine unvaccinated people as of Monday 12 November.
“The situation is serious, explained the Chancellor “, Alexander Schallenberg, this 12 November at a press conference in Vienna. “The situation is serious (…). We are not taking this measure with a light heart, but unfortunately it is necessary.”
To encourage the population to be vaccinated and to curb the spread of the virus, the government has taken the decision to restrict the movement of unvaccinated people. A certificate will be required from them to go shopping, play sports or consult a doctor.
The situation will be reassessed from here 000 approximately days. Currently, it is still possible to travel to Austria provided you have a health pass, a negative PCR test or a certificate of cure for a maximum of 6 months.
Concern in several European countries Besides Austria and the Netherlands, “the current rate of transmission in 50 countries of the European region is of great concern (…) , deplored Hans Kluge, WHO Europe Director. If we stay on this trajectory, we could see another half a million deaths from Covid – 19 in the region by February . ”
In Germany, the bar of 50 contamination in one day was crossed Thursday 11 November. Since 12 November, the health pass has been transformed into a vaccination passport in Berlin: access in bars, restaurants without terraces, theaters and other places of recreation is now prohibited for unvaccinated people. New restrictions could be announced in the coming days.
In Iceland also places open to the public are now subject to a curfew. Bars, restaurants and nightclubs must close their doors at 22 hours.
Zero tolerance in China To cope with a rebound in the epidemic a few weeks before the Winter Olympics in February 2022, the Chinese government has also taken the decision to reinstate several drastic restrictions, notably in Beijing.
Schools closed, postponement of sporting events, isolation of sick … In China, entire districts are currently confined and monitored by the Chinese authorities. In Heihe, on the Russian border, the discovery of a positive case led to the quarantine of a million people.