Christmas in Europe: restrictions and losses

InIn the UK, the situation with Omicron is the worst in Europe. Over the past day, almost 83 thousand new cases have been identified in the country. Similar daily indicators have been held for several days in a row.

The country has reintroduced measures such as the mandatory wearing of masks in shops and public transport and the observance of social distance, but doctors believe that this is not enough and call on the government to take more decisive action.

The primary task of Downing Street’s scientific advisers is to prevent an increase in daily hospitalizations. According to their calculations, if their number reaches 3 thousand a day, the British health care system (NHS) may face collapse.

The Scientific Council under the British government SAGE estimated that under the current state of affairs, the minimum daily mortality in England will be 600 people, the maximum – up to 6 thousand people.

Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab told reporters on Monday that against the background of active vaccination of the population, the prospects for a new lockdown during the Christmas period are not high, but it is impossible to completely exclude such a possibility.

The leadership of the English Premier League football at an emergency meeting on Monday will consider suspending the season until next year amid an increase in cases of infection among players and staff. Six out of ten League games were canceled last weekend due to the coronavirus outbreak. The head of the Premier League, Richard Martins, urged colleagues and football players to get vaccinated.

Meanwhile, some European countries are shutting themselves off from the UK.

France has already imposed a ban on entry from Britain for no good reason a few days ago. The owners of ski resorts say that another season without the British is fraught with huge economic losses and some businesses may not survive them. According to average estimates, the British make up about 40% of all tourists on the French ski slopes.

The day beforeGermany went even further and completely banned entry for the British. German citizens can return home from the UK, but if there is a negative result of a PCR test and with a mandatory two-week quarantine, even for fully vaccinated. The German authorities made a firm decision not to introduce a new lockdown and said that the fifth wave of morbidity could not be stopped.

Switzerland on Monday announced the cancellation of the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, traditionally held at the end of January.

Among the latest restrictions imposed by the Swiss government is mandatory work from home for services and businesses that allow such a format. Entrance to bars, restaurants, gyms and other public places is strictly on vaccine passports.

Austria is also preparing to restrict entry into the country during the holiday period.

On Sunday inA hard lockdown began in the Netherlands, caused by the rapid spread of Omicron. It will last at least until January 14, but the authorities do not rule out a revision of the terms in the direction of extension.

All non-essential goods stores, bars, gyms, hairdressers and beauty salons were closed. You can receive no more than two guests at a time in your house, and no more than four on holidays.

InTheaters, cinemas and other public places that do not provide essential services have been closed in Denmark for the holiday period.

AuthoritiesIreland announced that the strain “Omicron” has become dominant in the country. This is indicated by the research of new cases of the disease. At this stage, the Irish government has decided to limit the opening hours of bars and restaurants to 20:00.



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