In Europe, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), 4,200 people die every day as a result of a pandemic, twice as many as in September this year. In Europe, more than 1.5 million people have been killed by the covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.
The WHO described the situation as “very serious” and said it expected a “high or extreme onslaught” on hospital beds in the 25 states of the region, and intensive care units in at least 49 European countries should be exposed to the same burden. If the current trend in the number of newly infected, hospitalized and deceased continues, according to the WHO, a pandemic in Europe will claim at least another 600,000 victims by March 1, states The Guardian.
The sharp increase in cases has been caused by the highly transmissible delta variant, which is now dominant throughout the region, the WHO said. Likewise, according to the organization, the widespread dismantling of anti-epidemic measures, such as wearing veils or spacings, has contributed to the current situation. According to the WHO, colder weather is also having an impact on the deteriorating situation, as a result of which more people are staying inside buildings where the virus is easier to transmit.
In addition, a large number of people are still not vaccinated against covid and the effectiveness of the vaccine is also gradually weakening. WHO Regional Director for the European Region Hans Kluge said that it was essential for European countries to choose a boost strategy. “That means being vaccinated with standard doses and being revaccinated if you have the opportunity,” the Guardian quotes Kluge. “But it is also essential to continue to follow precautionary measures and to continue to have them as part of our routine,” Kluge added.
Combined with vaccinations, wearing a veil, washing hands, regularly ventilating the interior and keeping distances are “an easy and effective way to gain control of the virus,” Kluge said. “We all have the opportunity and responsibility to help avert unnecessary tragedy and loss of life and reduce further closures of companies and businesses this season,” added the WHO Regional Director.
Slovakia continues to be one of the worst affected countries in Europe. Based on data from the Our World In Data server on Saturday, the Aktuality.sk server informedthat in terms of per capita, the number of infected people in Slovakia is increasing.
Specifically, it was the so-called seven-day average of the number of infected, according to which in Slovakia at that time there was an increasing number of 1,600 infected per million inhabitants. However, this indicator continues to deteriorate and, according to current data, more than 1,800 people per million people are infected per day.
The number of patients with covid-19 in Slovak hospitals on Monday almost reached 3,200. Exceeding it, according to earlier information from the Slovak authorities, would mean that the country will be on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe.
The Slovak government thus continues to negotiate stricter measures. The ideal way to combat a pandemic would be mandatory vaccination for selected age groups, uled Prime Minister Eduard Heger in the last part of the program Saturday Dialogues of Radio Slovakia (RTVS). According to Heger, he discusses with doctors and lawyers. “If possible, this will clearly be my proposal,” said the Prime Minister of the Slovak government about compulsory vaccination.
Vaccination is, according to the prime minister, a chance to get out of the pandemic. “I am convinced that there is no other way if we do not want more waves and lockdowns. If we do not want to experience this agony for months and years, we must protect ourselves, “said Heger.
However, his coalition partners and the opposition oppose the prime minister’s plan. Coalition partners from the We are a Family movement, For the People or the Freedom and Solidarity Parties, would rather take the path of positive motivation to vaccinate and fear an outflow of staff from already weakened hospitals if, for example, mandatory vaccinations are enforced. According to the opposition party Voice of former Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini, Heger’s proposal “ignites a detonator in Slovak society,” quotes Pellegrini’s SME Diary.
On Tuesday, President Zuzana Čaputová gave an emotional speech to the Slovak public after visiting the Ružinok Hospital in Bratislava. She called the scenes she saw in the hospital “terrible.” “The situation is alarming. What we need is to stop spreading delusions about the covid. We must stop talking about covid and we must listen to the experts. ” quotes Čaputová server Aktuality.sk.
According to the president, Slovakia is losing the fight with the covid. “I don’t know what else needs to be seen, but overcrowded hospitals, rather than people dying of lung ventilation, most of whom will never return home. What more needs to be seen than exhausted medical staff than people who die from other diagnoses, because they will no longer be able to reach them due to exhausted capacity, “said Čaputová in front of the Bratislava Hospital building. “I live in a country I don’t understand,” the head of state added.
According to Čaputová, the Council of Experts has a clear recommendation to introduce a lockdown in the country. Lockdown is unpopular but also inevitable and unfortunately must affect both the unvaccinated and the vaccinated, the president said. “We are simply so bad that such measures, which are proposed by experts, must affect everyone,” said Čaputová.
The government’s coalition council was to discuss the introduction of a lockdown on Monday night. The proposal according to Aktuality.sk was submitted by the Minister of Health Vladimír Lengvarský. According to Slovak media sources, there was a consensus on the introduction of a lockdown, but all participants in the negotiations have so far refused to comment.
According to Aktuality.sk, the lockdown should slightly favor the vaccinated. Minister Lengvarský proposed a lockdown for all residents last week, but the government only approved restrictions for the unvaccinated, which apply from Monday.