European countries register a timid recovery but do not lower their guard against COVID-19

Spain has added 38,273 new infections this Monday since Friday and 484 deaths. As in the rest of Europe, there is a slight decrease in infections while the restrictions continue.

For the World Health Organization (WHO), the light shed by new COVID 19 vaccines should not make us lose our guard:

“This is not the time for complacency. While we continue to receive encouraging news about Covid-19 vaccines and remain cautiously optimistic that new tools may start to arrive in the coming months, at this time we are very concerned about the increase. of cases that we are seeing in some countries, particularly in Europe and America “, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director.

Despite insisting that no contagion has occurred within its headquarters, the organization has registered 65 positives among its staff working in Geneva.

The news comes coinciding with a wave of cases in the host country, Switzerland, and in the city of Geneva, in particular.

The situation remains delicate in Switzerland

At the beginning of November, the Swiss canton was among the European regions with the highest number of infections per capita.

Now, after the Swiss government imposed stricter control measures, including the closure of non-essential businesses, the authorities say that the situation, although still serious, is more stable.

Germany recovers

Meanwhile, German Chancellor Angela Merkel says a two-week partial shutdown has managed to contain the rise in new Covid-19 infections.

After virus numbers soared exponentially in October, Germany closed all restaurants, cafes and cultural institutions, but left schools and shops open.

Merkel, however, called on the Germans to minimize contact, saying “There is still a long way to go.”

Swedes say goodbye to big social gatherings

Sweden, for its part, whose management of the pandemic was widely criticized for keeping large sectors of society and businesses active, withdrew and announced more severe restrictions in the country,

The Scandinavian country has banned public gatherings of more than eight people as of November 24 for four weeks.

On November 20, the prohibition of the sale of alcohol in bars, restaurants and nightclubs also starts at ten at night.

Strong hand in Austria

Meanwhile, in the Austrian capital, citizens rush to buy shortly before tougher restrictions against the coronavirus return across the country, including the closure of schools and non-essential shops.

The stricter measures will reduce social contact to a minimum and the population will be asked to stay in their homes as much as possible.

Except for clearly defined reasons such as shopping, work where it is not possible to work from home, medical visits and sports.