The pandemic is accelerating in Europe

In Europe, the pandemic is intensifying.  (Photo: Nader Ghavami/Maison Moderne)

In Europe, the pandemic is intensifying.  (Photo: Nader Ghavami/Maison Moderne)

Luxembourg is not the only country to note an increase in figures on the health front. In Germany the situation is of increasing concern to the authorities.

On the other side of the Moselle, Germany is currently experiencing a surge in new Covid-19 infections. Within 24 hours, the Robert Koch Institute for Health Surveillance recorded 50,196 new positive cases. This is a record since Germany has never exceeded the threshold of 50,000 new cases per day since the start of the pandemic.

The seven-day incidence rate is 249.1 per 100,000 inhabitants at the national level. But some Länder are more affected than others. This is the case in Saxony with a seven-day incidence rate of 521, in Thuringia with a rate of 469.2 and in Bavaria with an incidence rate of 427.

It should also be noted that the number of deaths within 24 hours amounted to 235, which is also on the rise. German hospital services are clearly under pressure and patient transfers have begun to relieve the most affected regions.

Some regional governments are taking further health measures. In Berlin, for example, you will have to be vaccinated to go to the cinema or to bars and restaurants without a terrace.

Indicators climb in Belgium and France

In the first week of November, Belgium showed an average of 8,236 new infections per day, an increase of 5% compared to the previous week. The data from the Sciensano Public Health Institute shows an acceleration of the pandemic. The virus has not circulated this much for almost a year.

The average number of hospital admissions is up by 29.2% and, still in the first week of November, the number of deaths has risen by 3% to an average of 22.3 deaths per day.

In France, all the indicators are red or almost so. The average number of new cases per day is 7,138 positive cases, an increase of 22.62% over seven days. The same applies to the incidence rate (75.96 nationally), which has risen by 22.39% over seven days. This increase has forced the French government to impose masks in schools in at least 39 departments.

President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation on Tuesday, asking them to get vaccinated.

5 million deaths in the past two years

In the Netherlands, the number of new infections has also reached the same levels as in December 2020, with more than 12,000 new infections per day.

Denmark, which had abandoned all health measures two months ago, has reversed course by reintroducing a health passport in the face of the accelerating pandemic. Despite a vaccination rate of over 85%, the number of new infections has recently risen to over 2,000 cases per day.

Worldwide, the United States, which recently reopened its borders, remains the country most affected by the pandemic with 759,000 deaths and 98,390 new infections in 24 hours.

In Shanghai, the marathon that was supposed to take place on 28 November has been postponed due to a resurgence of the pandemic in China, which is pursuing an extremely strict "zero infection" strategy.

Since the beginning of December 2019, the pandemic has killed more than 5 million people worldwide.

This story was first published in French on Paperjam. It has been translated and edited for Delano.