Germans, Austrians line up for shots as COVID cases rise across Europe

  • Germany, Austria have the lowest vaccination coverage in Europe
  • British Prime Minister warns of ‘storm clouds’ of infections on continent
  • Not too late to choose for first vaccine shot, says Merkel

BERLIN/VIENNA, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Germans and Austrians rush to get vaccinated against the coronavirus while the number of infections in all over Europe is increasing and governments are imposing restrictions on the unvaccinated, figures show on Wednesday.

Germany and Austria have the lowest rates of vaccination in Western Europe and are now the epicenter of An

new golf of the pandemic while winter the continent in holds his grip.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week said he was careful met rising cases in Europe, warning of collecting “storm clouds” of infections.

Britain has had a lot higher caseloads than the rest of Western Europe since the summer, but die rates are coming down just as they are rising in Central and Eastern Europe. read more

The German Ministry of Health said 436,000 people got a shot on Tuesday, including 300,000 boosters, the highest number in about three months. Queues are forming at vaccination centers in the whole country.

“It is a sign that much burgers the need”

government That says spokesman Steffen Seibert. But he added that the vaccination rate wasn’t high enough yet.

about 65% of Austrian population is fully vaccinated and about 68% of Germany, well behind Netherlands and countries like Italy and Spain were much more difficult hit in the early waves of the pandemic.

The Netherlands said it was almost finished of COVID-19 testing as it is registered more than 20,000 new corona cases for the second day in a row, the highest since the pandemic started. read more

Sabine Dittmar, health expert for German Social Democrats said she hoped for 1.4 million people could one day be vaccinated if shots are administered at farms, by family doctors and by mobile vaccine teams, as well as at vaccination centers.

A police officer checks vaccination status of a shopper at the entrance of An store after the austrian government imposed a lockdown on the approximately two million people who are not fully vaccinated against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Vienna, Austria, Nov. 16, 2021. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner/File Photo


In Austria the number is of daily administered vaccines has risen to about 73,000 in the last week, from about 20,000 in October, official data showed, although the vast majority of those were boosters in instead of first shots.

Austria has ordered a lockdown on the approximately two million people who are not fully vaccinated. It has one of the highest infection rates on the continent, with an incidence of seven days of 925 per 100,000 people, compared with 320 in Germany. To be total death toll of the pandemic stands at 11,848

Neighboring Switzerland, which has not imposed any restrictions on the unvaccinated, has had less success with An new vaccination drive – it only reached 35,000 over for their first shot in the last week.

Components of Germany – including the capital Berlin – demands proof of vaccination of recent recovery of COVID-19 for all indoor leisure activities, a disability die could be extended national during a meeting of civil servants on Thursday.

Germany also plans until force people using public transport of attending workplaces to a negative COVID-19 test, of proof of recovery of vaccination.

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday described the German coronavirus situation as dramatic.

Germany reported 52,826 new infections on wednesday – a jump of a third compared with a week ago and another daily record, while 294 people died, bringing the total death toll up to 98,274.

It’s not too late to choose for An first vaccine shot,” Merkel told a conference of German city mayors. “Everybody who being vaccinated protects themselves and others. And if it’s enough people get vaccinated that’s the way out of the pandemic.”

Czech Republic to ban people who have not been vaccinated against access until public events and services from Monday, Prime Minister Andrej Babis said: on Wednesday, and negative tests are no longer recognized.

The restrictions, still to be approved by the cabinet on Thursday, come after a spike in new infections up to a record 22,479 on Tuesday.

Slovakia reported a record number of cases on Wednesday, and Hungary and Poland had the highest numbers in more then six months. Sweden plans to introduce the COVID-19 vaccine passes at inside events true more than 100 people to attend. read more

Additional reporting by Michael Shields in Vienna and Toby Sterling in Amsterdam; Writing by Emma Thomasson; Editing by Riham Alkousaa and Nick Macfie

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