INFOGRAPHIC – The number of contaminations and the speed of spread of the virus are increasing rapidly in all European countries. Various measures are put in place, up to re-containment.
How to find one’s way in the abundance of European epidemiological data? It is not always obvious. However, let’s take a few benchmarks with data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Analyzed by the New York Times, they show that the hospitals of the Old Continent will soon be half as full of Covid patients as at the peak of the first wave … “It affects all of Europe including very good students like Germany, Austria or Switzerland, underlines the President of the Scientific Council Jean-François Delfraissy. This wave is invading the whole of Europe. ”
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At the moment, the European Union and the United Kingdom are registering around 150,000 new cases of Covid every day, a figure which unfortunately remains steadily increasing. France is by far the sad European champion with an average of 35,000 daily cases over the last seven days, or one fifth of the European total. The UK is in second place with an average of 20,000 daily cases, followed by Spain and Italy, around 15,000 cases each.
Containment in Wales and Ireland
Our Latin neighbors, hard hit in the spring, have already taken strong measures in recent days to try to slow the spread of the virus. The response of the United Kingdom, the most bereaved country in Europe during the first wave, is more mixed. If Wales has completely reconfigured itself until November 9 (like neighboring Ireland which has opted for a period of six weeks of confinement), Scotland and England have preferred a similar territorialized alert system to that implemented in France (with mixed results to say the least). Northern Ireland has closed pubs and restaurants for a month and decided to extend the school holidays.
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However, these countries are far from being the only ones to be affected and to take restrictive measures. If we relate the number of new daily cases of Covid-19 to the number of inhabitants, the sad list changes somewhat. The Czech Republic leads the way with more than 1,100 new daily cases per million inhabitants. The country, which had been spared in the spring, now has the worst death rate in Europe. The rate of progression of the disease is also one of the fastest there, with a doubling of the number of new infections every seven days for many weeks, as in Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Spain is also experiencing the same pace, but only for about a week. France is rather on a doubling every 15 days, and the United Kingdom every three weeks (there is however a gradual acceleration over time which specialists hope will be thwarted by the new restrictions put in place in recent years. weeks).
Extended school holidays
In terms of intensity, Belgium is on the second step of the podium with more than 1000 new daily cases per million inhabitants. To avoid a new confinement, the Belgian government decided to close cafes and restaurants everywhere a week ago, then museums, churches and theaters in Wallonia (French-speaking south) and in Brussels, where the curfew is extended to as of Monday from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. The school holidays for All Saints’ Day, which start Friday evening, have been extended until November 11 inclusive for the whole country. Secondary education, which was to be spared, will now be done at a distance, like higher education.
If Germany is still a little behind its neighbors, the number of new daily cases has crossed the 10,000 mark, the level recorded in France a month ago. But the dynamic is particularly rapid, with a five-fold increase in this figure in one month. In anticipation, Angela Merkel announced the postponement of her party’s congress which was to be held in early December to elect a new president, a potential candidate for the chancellery in 2021. The next few weeks are shaping up to be very difficult everywhere in Europe.