COVID-19 incidence on the rise in Europe

Are European countries ready to tighten restrictions? COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Europe” />

The number of new cases of COVID-19 in Europe has tripled in the last month. So far, European governments are not considering the introduction of strict sanitary measures. But there are already separate precedents in a number of countries. So, in France, they are preparing to adopt a law requiring tourists to prove the absence of covid upon entry from August.

Due to the spread of a milder but more infectious variant of omicron BA.5, more than 500,000 cases of the disease are recorded daily in 53 European countries, according to WHO. This is three times more than it was at the end of May (150,000). The main reasons for the increase in infections are the cancellation of covid measures and an increase in the overall number of trips, meetings and events held during the summer months.

As of the end of June, Austria, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Luxembourg, Italy and Portugal were the countries with the highest incidence rates in the EU. An increase in the number of new infections is also observed in Slovenia, Montenegro, Albania, Croatia and Serbia. Despite the increase in the incidence, the authorities of these countries are not discussing the introduction of restrictions.

Nevertheless, there is still a certain “rollback” from post-COVID freedom. The authorities of Spain and France have recommended that their citizens start wearing masks again in public places.  According to Spanish Minister of Health Carolina Darias,  the number of new infections and hospitalizations over the past couple of weeks was the highest since February, when strict restrictions were still in place.

More than 136,000 new cases of COVID-19 have been registered in Spain over the past seven days, according to the WHO, despite the fact that 86% of the population in the country received primary vaccination and 65% of citizens received booster shots.

The French authorities have also issued a recommendation to wear masks on public transport and other public places. More than 630,000 infections have been reported in France in the past seven days, according to the WHO.

Olivia Grégoire, a spokeswoman for the French government, said the country has no plans to reintroduce the new measures as French citizens are “tired of the restrictions.” However, it was noted that even if some rules were reintroduced, they would not be rigid and would not restrict economic activity.

Like Spain, vaccination rates remain high in France. As of June 30, almost 92% of the adult population in France had been vaccinated, and 73.9% had been revaccinated.

According to the French Scientific Council, the country is facing the seventh wave of COVID-19. On Tuesday, July 5, the number of new cases exceeded 200,000. According to the Scientific Council, the deteriorating situation with covid requires the ability of public authorities to respond quickly to observed or expected events.

The answer to this is the new Medical Surveillance and Security Bill, which will regulate the health measures in France after 31 July, when the public health emergency ends.

The French press has already called this document the “new covid law”. One of the articles of the bill provides for the implementation of sanitary measures of border control. In this case, when entering France, all tourists will have to present a negative test for covid, a certificate of vaccination or recovery.

The bill will be submitted to the French National Assembly on 11 July. If adopted, it will enter into force on August 1.

Add that since April, Russians can enter France for any purpose , including tourism, without presentation of vaccination certificates and certificates of tests for COVID-19.

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