Germany has been declining COVID-19 infections for two weeks. The cumulative incidence in the last seven days is 80 cases per hundred thousand inhabitants.
Good data but many restrictions in Germany
Frustration and exhaustion are already evident in the population at the closure of restaurants and cultural life since November and non-essential shops and face-to-face classes since December.
Angela Merkel has announced a meeting with regional leaders next Wednesday to discuss future steps.
“I said at the beginning of winter that it would be the hardest moment for us, and it has been, the Chancellor has acknowledged.” But we can also say that we have passed the crest of the second wave. Now we have to hold out a little longer, then vaccinations will be increasingly introduced and the burden on hospitals will soon be reduced because the elderly will no longer get so sick. So I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but it’s an incredibly difficult time. “
France will not apply the Chinese vaccine
In France, the first four cases of infection with the Brazilian variant of the coronavirus have been detected, while those of the British and South African varieties increase. The Government at the moment does not plan to modify the current restrictions
Emmanuel Macron has ensured that everyone who wants will have been vaccinated by the end of the summer, and the Chinese vaccine will not be applied, at least for now.
“I have no information about the Chinese vaccine,” said the French prime minister. “I will not comment, but it is a fact. It means that in the long term it is almost certain that this vaccine is not appropriate. It will facilitate the emergence of new strains, it will not fix the situation in these countries at all.”
The Netherlands has joined the list of those who limit the AstraZeneca vaccine for those over 65 years after France, Germany or Italy.
UK will quarantine residents from risk countries
For his part, the British executive has confirmed that residents arriving from the 33 countries considered at risk will have to keep a ten-day quarantine in a hotel from February 15 to avoid importing potentially resistant strains to vaccines. It has asked the hotels near ports and airports for proposals on how they can accommodate these travelers.
“The most important thing right now is that it is against the law to travel unless you have a good reason. And crucially, everyone who comes to the UK must isolate themselves for ten days,” maintained Health Minister Matt Hancock.
In the United Kingdom, with more than 110,000 deaths from the pandemic, the vaccination campaign is ahead of that of the European Union. Although a report warns that members of minorities among those over eighty years are less likely to receive the vaccine.
Some NGOs have asked the authorities to combat these differences.