The United Kingdom and France will gradually reopen, and Spain sets a date for its vaccination operation

Different European countries envision maintaining some kind of restrictions next Christmas as a means of dealing with COVID-19 and thus avoid a third wave of infections by early 2021.

The number of confirmed cases in the world this Monday exceeds 58.6 million, while the number of deaths exceeds 1.3 million, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine (JHU). Contagions on the planet amount to 58,666,247, with the United States leading the way, which already reaches 12,247,486 million affected by coronavirus. India follows, with 9.1 million; Brazil, with 6.0; France, with 2.1; Russia, with 2.0, and Spain with 1.5 million.

UK will no longer be confined

Prime Minister Boris Johnson reported that the national lockdown will not be renewed again after it ends on December 2. The bad news for the British is that the selective restriction system will return and in Johnson’s words it will be even harsher than the previous one established before the shutdown.

In addition, a massive six-week COVID-19 testing system will be introduced in the most affected areas of the country. While waiting for the first doses of the Oxford vaccine.

“2020 has been in many ways a tragic year in which so many have lost loved ones and faced financial ruin. It will continue to be a harsh winter. Christmas will not pass normally and there is a long road to spring. but we have turned the corner and the exit is in sight, “declared the prime minister.

Although the leader of the opposition party, Keir Starmer, agreed that he would support the delivery of the vaccine throughout the country, he rejects the three-tier system of restrictions.

“The prime minister proposes the return of the three-level restriction system. That is risky, because this system did not work last time. The zones in level 1 went to level 2, almost all the zones in 2 ended in level 3 and the Level 3s couldn’t find a way out and we ended up in a nationwide shutdown. “

According to the latest official figures – released this Sunday – the United Kingdom as a whole registers more than 1.5 million cases and 55,230 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Spain is optimistic about the decline in the curve

In Catalonia, restaurants, bars and cafes reopen their doors. A sign of a slight but clear improvement in the pandemic in the Spanish region.

However, the Catalan Government maintains the curfew from 10 at night and if in the coming weeks the number of cases increases, the sector will be locked again.

Spain is optimistic about the latest data provided by the Ministry of Health, which places the accumulated incidence of the virus below 400 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days (374), although the goal is to reach 25 cases, a figure still very distant.

The President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, said yesterday, during an appearance after the virtual meeting of the G20, that the improvement in the accumulated incidence data per 100,000 inhabitants demonstrates the effectiveness of the state of alarm in force and of the measures adopted by the Spanish autonomous communities. He also confirmed that Spain will be, together with Germany, the first country in the European Union (EU) to start vaccinating in 2021.

Mandatory PCR test for travelers from high-risk countries

Spain received this Monday the first travelers from countries at risk for coronavirus who require a negative PCR test, obligatorily carried out 72 hours before arrival to enter the country, a measure more recently adopted by health authorities to try to contain contagions pending the start of the vaccination campaign in January.

France could follow in the footsteps of the UK

In France, the lifting of some of the restrictions is expected in early December.

President Emmanuel Macron will make a statement this Tuesday in which he will announce a gradual relaxation of the confinement, which should come to an end on December 1, but from which a progressive exit is expected in three stages, until at least the beginning of 2021.

The nation registered 4,452 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, one of the lowest figures recorded since the lockdown was established at the end of October, according to data from the health agency published this Monday.

The positivity rate is at 13.3% after having reached 21% during this second wave.