Further restrictions envisaged by European countries in the panic of the new mutant Corona

The Netherlands and Belgium are expected to take new measures to curb Corona virus infections, which are seeing a skyrocket, on Friday in Europe, in one moment in which he pushed Discovered a new mutant in South Africa The United Kingdom has closed its borders to arrivals from six countries on the African continent.

Europe is once again the global epicenter of the epidemic, while the highly contagious delta mutant has reduced the effectiveness of vaccines in curbing disease transmission by 40%, according to the World Health Organization.

The Covid-19 epidemic has killed more than 1.5 million people in Europe, according to an AFP census based on official data.

In total, the virus killed more than 5.16 million people in around the world since late 2019. However, the World Health Organization estimates the pandemic toll could be two to three times higher.

In the wake of the tightening of procedures in France and exceeding the threshold of 100,000 deaths in Germany, its neighbors the Netherlands and Belgium are preparing to make decisions that the population sometimes finds difficult to accept, especially in the Netherlands.

During a press conference scheduled for Friday evening, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is expected to announce the closure of bars and restaurants this afternoon, according to media locals.

AND in this country has seen riots, especially in Rotterdam and The Hague, following the adoption of partial closure measures with a series of health restrictions. The government also intends to ban the entry of unvaccinated people in some places like bars and restaurants.

Residents are now being asked not to receive more than four people in their homes and to work from home. Protests prohibited in street, while football matches are played without an audience. Despite these measures, the Netherlands, which has 17 million people, still has more than 22,000 new infections per day.

Worse than the pessimistic scenario

In Belgium, Belgian Prime Minister Alexandre de Croo confirmed that the increase in the number of infections and hospitalizations related to Covid was “higher than the most pessimistic trends” identified by scientific experts last week.

Friday called an urgent meeting of the country’s provincial officials to decide on the imposition of new measures.

It’s Monday in Belgium recorded daily injuries, a number record since the beginning of the epidemic in March 2020, with 23,621 new cases monitored by the Institute of Public Health (Siansano).

And the increase became steady after injuries remained stable at some level throughout the summer until early October.

De Croo also confirmed that the authorities intend to speed up the vaccination, in particularly the booster doses that only 1.2 million Belgians have received so far, while 75% of the population has received a first dose.

Closure of the borders

Faced with the renewed COVID-19 epidemic, European countries are tightening measures as border closures resume.

And Britain announced Thursday that it will block travelers from six African countries from entering its lands due to a new mutated version of the Corona virus that South Africa has detected and is likely to be more contagious than its predecessors.

And UK health minister Sajid Javid said the decision to ban would include all flights from South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Botswana, starting Friday noon.

Epidemiologist Tulio de Oliveira said during a press conference online sponsored by the South African Ministry of Health that the mutant “B.1.1.529” has a “very high” number of mutations “and we have found a great ability to spread rapidly.”

Mutations in the original virus can make the mutant more contagious until it becomes the degrading version, as happened with the delta mutant which was mainly detected in India.

At this point, South African scientists have claimed they are not in able to say with certainty that the vaccines currently available are effective in fighting the new form of the virus.

So far, 22 cases of infection have been recorded among young people, mostly according to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases. Cases have also been reported in neighboring Botswana and Hong Kong in a person returning from a trip in South Africa.

The World Health Organization said it “closely followed” the new mutation and held a meeting on Friday to determine its severity.

The National Institute of Infectious Diseases said in a note: “The number of cases observed and the percentage of test positive results is increasing rapidly “, especially in the province of Gauteng, which includes Pretoria and Johannesburg.

Scientists report that the “B.1.1.529” mutant carries at least 10 different copies, as opposed to two copies of the delta mutant.

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