2021-11-11

Translated by Thomson

The Danish government announced two months ago that COVID-19 is no longer “a disease that poses a serious threat to society” and all domestic epidemic prevention restrictions have been lifted. Denmark became the first country in the European Union to fully return to daily life. Now it is facing the third wave of epidemics. The daily increase in the number of confirmed cases exceeds 2,000, making the government have to consider renewing epidemic prevention restrictions. 

The picture shows the crowds on the streets as Denmark is gradually unblocking it. (Photo/Reuters)

According to CNN, with the successful promotion of the vaccine, the Danish have basically resumed their lives before the epidemic. They can enter and leave bars and restaurants without presenting a vaccination certificate, and can take public transportation without wearing a mask. The number of their gathering activities is also unlimited. But the optimism since mid-September seems to be short-lived. Because Denmark, like many other European countries, is considering whether to resume epidemic prevention measures. 

The European continent is facing a surge in cases and is about to return to the hot spot of the epidemic. When some countries have relaxed their epidemic prevention and vaccine promotion is facing bottlenecks, most regions are striving to combat the spread of Delta variants. The World Health Organization (WHO) warned that 500,000 Europeans may die from the COVID-19 pneumonia this winter. 

The European epidemic fluctuated violently in just a few months, and many countries lifted strict restrictions at the end of the summer because the number of confirmed cases fell sharply after the promotion of vaccination in some countries, especially in the western Europe. Now, as the rest of the world reopens, Europe may have a tough winter.

Currently, Danish citizens do not need to produce vaccination certificates when entering and leaving public places. (Photo: Dazhi Image) 

According to Reuters, the third wave of the epidemic in Denmark is heating up. In mid-September, 200 cases were confirmed in a single day, and the number has increased to 2,300 cases in recent days. Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced on the 8th that the digital health pass will be reintroduced, requiring people to show proof that they have been vaccinated or tested negative for the virus before entering bars and restaurants.

In addition to Denmark, Austria has also banned unvaccinated people from entering and leaving restaurants and bars this week due to a surge in the number of confirmed cases. After the epidemic resumed, Iceland again has required people to wear masks and imposed social distancing restrictions.

The diagnosis rate in Germany continues to set new records. It set a new high since the outbreak on November 9th. In the past week, 213.7 people were infected with the disease per 100,000 people. The diagnosis rate in parts of the east has even doubled to 400 cases per 100,000 people.

French President Emmanuel Macron also made a speech to the country on November 9th under the crisis of a surge in the number of confirmed diagnoses. This is the first TV conversation since he announced in July that all health workers are required to be vaccinated.

Britain ushered in “Freedom Day” on July 19, and all epidemic prevention restrictions were canceled, but the number of confirmed cases has remained high so far. However, unlike other European neighbors, the United Kingdom has no plan to restore restrictions in the near future, including mandatory wearing of masks.

Many European countries are actively promoting the third dose of vaccination. (Photo/Reuters)

The European Union’s overall vaccination rate has always been in the leading position in the world. As many as 75% of adults have been vaccinated, while 88.3% of adults in Denmark have been vaccinated. However, the problem of uneven distribution of vaccines within member countries has always existed. In Eastern Europe, Romania and Bulgaria have only 40% and 27% of adults vaccinated respectively. 

In order to avoid the spread of the virus after winter, countries are gradually focusing on strengthening the promotion of vaccines, and epidemic prevention restrictions may also be imposed during Christmas. Germany and Austria will give the third dose to all people who have completed the second dose for six months. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also said on Twitter this week that the country has given more than ten million booster shots.

Commentary: After people in Europe got vaccinated, the epidemic fluctuated violently in just a few months. The confirmation rate in various countries keeps breaking new records. More and more facts have once again proved that vaccines did not bring people a gospel, but a difficult winter. Although the dark forces behind the vaccine are temporarily raging, the forces of justice will eventually break through the resistance of the dark, and people will usher in the dawn.

Reference:  https://www.ettoday.net/news/20211110/2120452.htm

Editor: Mu Qian