Contagions lead to measures in Europe, such as confinement in Austria

A street in Vienna is practically empty, on the first day of the new confinement to stop the rise in COVID-19 infections. EFE / EPA / CHRISTIAN BRUNA

International Drafting, Nov 22 (EFE) .- The new infections by coronavirus in Europe have led to restrictions such as total confinement in Austria, the mandatory nature of the vaccine or the requirement of a certificate to have the complete guideline, while protests take place over these or other measures.
Austria has recorded 13,806 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, the highest figure recorded on a Monday since the start of the pandemic in this country that today has become the first in Europe to impose a lockdown to stop the current wave of the covid pandemic.
In hospitals in some regions, intensive care units have been filled with covid patients and are on the verge of collapse, which has forced the postponement of numerous operations and treatments for various diseases.
The highly exponential growth of infections is attributed to the arrival of the cold season, the aggressiveness of the delta variant and, above all, the relatively low vaccination rate.
So far, 5.9 million people, that is, 66% of the total 8.9 million inhabitants, have received the full schedule of a coronavirus vaccine.
The accumulated incidence in Germany added another new peak, with 386.5 new infections with coronavirus per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days, while the insufficient vaccination rate, of 68%, opens the debate on its obligatory nature.
Health authorities reported 30,643 new infections in 24 hours and 62 deaths, while the number of active cases shoots up to 637,200, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) of virology updated last morning.
The vaccination rate in Germany continues to be one of the lowest in Europe, with only 70.5% of the population vaccinated, 68.0%, with the full schedule, which has opened the debate about a possible obligation.
Speaking to the public channel ZDF, the president of the RKI, Lothar Wieler, stressed the importance of vaccinating the maximum number of people and administering the booster dose to those already immunized with the full schedule. However, more content was shown regarding the mandatory nature of the vaccine, which should be studied as a last resort, he added.
About thirty people were arrested last night for causing disturbances in different cities in the Netherlands in protests over the restrictions applied by the pandemic, while the Police appeal to parents to avoid putting their children “in danger” , after a third of the detainees in the last days were minors.
The affected cities declared a municipal “emergency order”, which allows the police to act and impose restrictions to stop these groups of young people who were summoned by social networks to provoke riots, launch fireworks, cause fires by burning cars, bikes and motorcycles, and throw stones and objects at the agents.
The Bolzano Prosecutor’s Office (northern Italy) has opened an investigation into the so-called “corona-parties”, a practice that has become fashionable, especially among young people, to become infected with the coronavirus with the intention of overcoming the disease and power obtain the health certificate.
The intention of the participants is to become infected to overcome COVID-19, one of the criteria – along with vaccination and negativity – to obtain the health certificate and that in Italy is mandatory for work and leisure.
This practice, widespread in Germany and Austria, has even involved elementary school children, whose anti-vaccine parents lead them to meet with COVID-positive to develop contagion and immunization.
The unvaccinated will not be able to access from this Monday to the interior of restaurants, cinemas, theaters, museums, gyms and public buildings in Greece, where, in addition, the expiration for the vaccination certificate of those over 60 years old who is not have given the booster dose seven months after the second.
The entire population without vaccination and without having passed the covid-19, with the exception of minors between 4 and 17 years old, will also be prohibited from accessing sports stadiums, exhibitions and congresses.
Slovakia and the Czech Republic return to the top positions in the world, together with Slovenia and Austria, in terms of incidence of COVID infection, with 1,229 and 929 positives in seven days per 100,000 inhabitants, respectively.
While in Slovakia the government considers following the example of neighboring Austria, which has just announced the mandatory vaccine against covid-19 as of next February, in the Czech Republic that is ruled out for the moment.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday encouraged the population to receive the booster vaccine against covid-19 to help boost economic growth, although he acknowledged that not everything is going smoothly.
“Receive (the vaccine) booster as soon as possible because it is by vaccinating that our country has been able to have the staff back in their jobs, open our theaters, our restaurants” and lead a life that seems “normal,” he added.
The number of new infections of covid-19 in Russia fell today from 36,000, almost 1,300 less than the day before, but the number of deaths from the contagious disease remains close to the record with 1,241 deaths in the last day, according to data from the center operation to fight the coronavirus.
Russia is the fifth country in the world after the United States, India, Brazil and the United Kingdom in the number of documented infections.

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