England has released this Monday what has been described as the first “Freedom Day” against the coronavirus, although it does so with the cases triggered and with the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, confined for having maintained contact with his Minister of Health, who has tested positive.
Meanwhile, in the rest of Europe caution is maintained because infections continue to rise and the pressure on hospitals is gradually increasing, despite the fact that the rate of vaccination is accelerating and has already surpassed the United States in the proportion of the population with at least one dose.
Despite the fact that in the United Kingdom the scientific community has already warned that the measure may be prematurea, as of today there are no legal limits on the number of people who can gather in closed spaces or attend events, while nightclubs can open their doors as early as midnight.
In addition, the use of masks will be recommended in some places, but it will not be mandatory.
With a increasing hospital pressure, currently at levels not seen for four months, Portugal maintains restrictions such as the curfew in the municipalities with the highest incidence in the country and will not evaluate until after the next day 27 if it applies more rules to contain the delta variant.
The country, with ten million inhabitants and a balance of 17,207 deaths and 930,685 infections since the pandemic began, goes through its fourth wave of coronavirus, which has led to a progressive increase in daily cases and hospitalizations in recent weeks.
The person responsible for this worsening is the delta variant, with a prevalence of 88% throughout the country, but up to 100% in the Lisbon and Tagus Valley regions and the Algarve, where there is a curfew between 11pm and 5am.
The French Government accelerates the tightening of anticovid restrictions with the presentation this Monday of a bill that will make the health certificate necessary for ordinary acts of social life.
Government spokesman Gabriel Attal confirmed in an interview with the France Info station that “the deadlines will be met” and that from this Wednesday the health certificate will have to be presented to go to the cinema, the theater, a museum or any event with more than 50 spectators.
In addition, once the bill is approved from the beginning of August, the requirement of the health certificate will be extended to long-distance public transport, large shopping centers and even bars and restaurants.
That, and the mandatory vaccination from September 15 for health workers and professionals in contact with vulnerable people, it is justified, according to Attal, because the incidence rate in France is “stratospheric”, because the number of cases has doubled in a week and because the delta variant “is much more contagious” .
For the rest, the Secretary of State for European Affairs, Clément Beaune, affirmed this Monday that France try to avoid tougher restrictions and that for this he will draw conclusions – he said – of the de-escalation that is too fast and “reckless” in Spain.
The incidence of infections with covid-19 continues to increase in Germany, slightly but continued, after reaching the level of 10 cases in seven days per 100,000 inhabitants on Sunday. The levels of action begin to be activated after 35 cases.
The Minister of Economy, the conservative Peter Altmaier, ruled out this weekend that there will be new closures in the restoration or commercial life. There is no reason to adopt this type of measure as long as there is no saturation of public health, which does not seem to happen, he added.
Fourteen policemen were injured, two of them seriously, during a protest in Nicosia organized on Monday night by COVID deniers that led to riots and the attack on the headquarters of the private television Sigma, according to the Cypriot authorities.
The protesters initially gathered outside the presidential palace to demand the abolition of the so-called “SafePass”, a document that shows that the person has been vaccinated against covid-19, has tested negative in a PCR test in the last 72 hours or has antibodies after passing the virus.
The Government of Cyprus announced last week the mandatory use of this “Safepass” in all open or closed public and private spaces when there are crowds of 20 people or more.
Some 114,000 people demonstrated this Saturday throughout France (18,000 in Paris) to protest against these measures in the name of “freedom” and against what they consider to be a “health dictatorship.”
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