But the return to normal activities from the crowded restaurants to the start of the new academic year has caused a sharp increase in cases of infection across the continent.
Pubs were among the first victims of the new lockdown measures, as authorities issued orders to close them or reduce their length of operation. But the current rise in cases tests governments’ resolve to keep schools and health care facilities for non-Covid-19 patients open.
The Czech Republic, which is the country with the highest HIV infection in relation to the population, has transferred schools to the remote education system and plans to call thousands of medical students, and hospitals will reduce non-urgent medical interventions to evacuate beds for patients.
“Sometimes we are on the verge of crying,” said Lenka Kyriakova, the chief nurse at Slany Hospital near Prague, where builders are working to convert the general ward into a unit to treat “(Covid-19).”
Poland is stepping up training for nurses and is studying the establishment of military field hospitals. Moscow will convert many students to the distance education system, while Northern Ireland will close schools for two weeks.
“I do not have any good information,” said Paul Gryzewski, an immunologist in Poland, which has recorded 6,526 cases and 116 deaths. We are on the verge of disaster ».
Major European powers such as Germany, Britain and France have so far resisted pressure to close schools, a move that created difficulties during the general isolation measures in the spring as parents take turns working from home and taking care of children.
In Germany, politicians are considering whether to extend the school holidays for Christmas and the New Year to reduce the transmission of infection, but critics of the idea say there is no evidence that schools have been hotspots for the disease.
The Netherlands re-imposed partial general isolation, today, closing bars and restaurants and keeping schools open.
The daily incidence rate in Europe is one hundred thousand cases, or about a third of global infections, forcing governments to tighten restrictions while trying to set standards for them to protect health without destroying livelihoods.
The “World Health Organization” says Britain, France, Russia and Spain accounted for more than half of the new infections in Europe in the week ending October 11.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing calls from the opposition to declare general isolation measures again in the country, but he is resisting so far, however, hospital admission is escalating, and field medical facilities built in the spring are ready again.
In Spain, the authorities in the Catalonia region are scheduled to announce either the closure of bars and restaurants for a period of two weeks or a significant reduction in their working hours.
And in Belgium, the second-highest-hit country in Europe by population, hospitals are now required to block a quarter of their beds for Covid-19 patients.
“We cannot see the end of the tunnel today,” Renu Mazi, managing director of Saint-Luc University clinics in Brussels, told Radio La Bruyemier.
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