Europe could once again spend Christmas in blockade as Covid fourth-wave cases soar – World News

Data showed that there were more than 65,000 new cases in one day in Germany, and in Austria there was a new record of 15,145. In the UK there were over 45,000 cases in one day

Piedmontese walk along a shopping street in Vienna, Austria
Piedmontese walk along a shopping street in Vienna, Austria

Full confinements could return across Europe as a “fourth wave” sweeps across many countries, reports say.

Cases of new Covid infections have increased in various countries, as the UK has registered more than 45,000 cases in a single day.

Germany and Austria are also seeing an increase in the number of coronavirus cases every day.

Most recent data showed that there were more than 65,000 new cases in one day in Germany, and in Austria there was a new record of 15,145.

Across Europe last week more than half of the seven-day averages of infections worldwide were estimated, and about half of the most recent deaths.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday announced restrictions on public life for those not yet vaccinated in places where hospitals are dangerously quickly filling up with Covid patients.








Germany has seen a huge increase in cases. File image of Cologne Health Department
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Austria has also imposed a blockade for the unvaccinated.

Earlier, several hundred people protested outside the Austrian embassy in Paris against Austria’s restrictions, fearing that France might be the closest to a re-imposition of borders aimed at reducing the circulation of the virus.

President Emmanuel Macron said France did not need to follow up on those European countries imposing a blockade on unvaccinated people, given the success of its health process in slowing the spread of the virus.

“Those countries that lock in the unvaccinated are those that have not put the (healthy) pass. That is why this step is not necessary in France,” Macron told La Voix du Nord.








France has said it will not follow the countries imposing keys. File image along the banks of the river Seine in Paris
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The Telegraph reports that the European Medicines Agency has blamed people who are not stung and the delta variant that they are pressing intensive care sections.

Dr Marco Cavaleri, of the agency, said: “We are in the middle of what we call the fourth wave.”

In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel earlier called for pushing for more accelerating shots to attract people who are skeptical about vaccinations.

The Robert Koch Institute reported that confirmed cases increased by 52,826 while the fourth wave of the pandemic tightened its grip on Europe.




“It is not too late to choose a first vaccine shot,” she told a congress of German city mayors.

“Everyone who is vaccinated protects themselves and others. And if enough people are vaccinated, that’s the way out of the pandemic.”

She added that a “national effort” is needed for mass distribution of vaccine boosting shots to begin as the protection offered by vaccines began to decline six months after the second dose.

It comes as Britain has registered another 46,807 Covid cases, the highest figure for nearly a month.

The pandemic also claimed the lives of 199 people in the last 24 hours, according to official government data.




Boris Johnson said there is a new threat as cases increase in European countries including Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.

Describing it as a “snowstorm,” he said: “We still don’t know how much this new wave will sweep on our shores, but history shows that we can’t afford to be complacent.”

But despite the increase he did not actually launch England’s “Plan B” – which stops well before closure.


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