BOCHNIA, Poland (AP) – European countries on Monday tried to stem the tide of COVID-19 cases and boost vaccinations, hoping hospitals would not be overwhelmed by the latest deadly wave of epidemic infections.
The crackdown on coronavirus patients has been relentless in Polish hospitals, where new infections have hit a record high of more than 35,000 every day for the past two days, and the government has imposed new restrictions to prevent large gatherings on long Easter weekends. The French Minister of Health warned that the number of patients in the intensive care unit may coincide with the level of a year ago.
As a sign of incompatibility from one country to another, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris John Onson announced that next week hairdressers, gyms, open bars, restaurant underwear will be able to open after the country announces the latest blockade of vaccines. At the same time, the US vaccination campaign continued to accelerate, with 40 percent of the country’s adult population receiving at least one dose.
On Sunday, coronavirus patients filled almost all 120 beds at a hospital in the Bochnia region, 40 kilometers (25 miles) east of the southern city of Krakow. One patient, 82-year-old Edward Shumansky, expressed concern that some people still reject the virus, which has killed more than 2.8 million people worldwide. About 55,000 of those deaths occurred in Poland.
“Of course, the disease is there, it is very serious. “Those who did not have it, those who do not have it in their families, may be deceiving themselves, but the reality is different,” he said.
A more contagious, aggressive version of the virus found in Britain is increasing most of its growth in Europe. At the same time, voters in many countries are angry at the EU strategy, but also at the failure of their governments to deal with the epidemic and prevent a double-infection.
French Health Minister Olivier Veran warned on Monday that the number of COVID-19 patients in the country’s intensive care units could coincide with the level of the first crisis a year ago. Speaking on TF1 TV, he said that the country could approach ICU saturation levels by 2020. In April, more than 7,000 viral patients were housed in French CUs, many of them in temporary facilities as demand exceeded the capacity of the country’s pre-epidemic ICU.
Veran expressed hope that new infections in France could reach a peak this week thanks to new partial blockades. After a long period of resistance to calls for a blockade, the French government closed schools, closed all non-essential stores in the country, and imposed travel restrictions for four weeks.
“We will be able to,” Veran said.
The British government announced on Monday that all adults and children will be able to undergo regular coronavirus tests twice a week as a way to prevent new outbreaks. The tests come as Son Onson announces the next steps on the country’s roadmap after a three-month blockade.
Britain has recorded almost 127,000 coronavirus deaths, the highest in Europe. But “infections” and “deaths” have plummeted since the launch of the “vaccination campaign”, which has so far given the first dose to more than 31 million people, or 6 out of 10 adults.
Authorities in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, have imposed tighter restrictions following a recent rise in the number of viral infections. All schools in the city of 3 million people will be closed for the next two weeks, and only people with special passports are allowed on public transport.
“Hospitals are almost full. “The situation is difficult,” said Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko.
Elsewhere, northern Macedonia delayed mass vaccination due to a shortage of vaccines as its hospitals were flooded last week following a record number of new COVID-19 infections and deaths.
In Greece, which is struggling to get out of the deep recession, most retail stores were allowed to reopen on Monday, despite a continuing rise in COVID-19 infections. Closing measures have been in effect since early November, although stores have been open for a short time around the Christmas season. Prolonged closures put pressure on the economy.
Serbia has eased measures against the coronavirus, despite a slowdown in a number of infections and vaccinations. On Monday, the government allowed bars, restaurants and restaurants to serve guests with reduced capacity and social distance rules.
A senior public health official in the United States has said that young people are keeping up with the recent rise in COVID-19 cases as the rising rate of vaccination of older Americans prevents the most serious cases of aging.
Dr. Rochelle Valensky, director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, noted that the factors contributing to the steady increase in cases over the past four weeks are the growing prevalence of options, as well as the growth of youth sports and extracurricular activities.
But Valensky pointed to the positive developments among the elderly, who are the most vulnerable age group. Mortality from major viruses has dropped to its lowest level since early autumn. More than 75% of people 65 years of age or older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and almost 55% have been fully vaccinated.
“What we are seeing is both a decrease in ambulance visits and those demographic-related hospitalizations,” he said on Monday.
According to the CDC, more than 23% of all adults in the United States are fully vaccinated.
Many states make vaccines available to younger populations. As of Monday, any adult in Florida is eligible for the vaccine. In addition, the state has announced that 16 և 17 year olds can also get the vaccine with their parents’ permission.
Charlton reported from Paris. Associated Press writers Michael Kunzelmann, Ill Il Lawles, Eke Eke Miller, Daria Litvinova, Nicholas Paphitis, Ovana Geck, Derek Gatopoulos, and Costas Cantouris contributed to this report.