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Europe slowly begins to consider treating Covid-19 like the flu

Bloomberg / Madrid / London

Spain wants to treat Covid-19 as a flu-like endemic and has become the first major European country to explicitly suggest that people live with it.
This idea is slowly gaining momentum and may encourage a reassessment of government strategies for dealing with viruses. UK Minister of Education Nadhim Zahawi told the BBC on Sunday that Britain is “on the road to a transition from a pandemic to endemic.”
Despite record infections, the low hospitalization and mortality rates of Omicron variants give Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez a fascinating outlook for Europe to move beyond the limits of normal pandemic-style life. I have come to withhold.
“We need to assess the evolution of Covid from a pandemic to endemic,” Sanchez said in a radio interview Monday, and the European government may need to assess the disease with different parameters than previously used. I added that I couldn’t.
In places like France, Germany, Italy and Romania, all of these record the highest average daily case levels of the entire pandemic, but such a story may be a bit early. The World Health Organization also said on Tuesday that in the current clip, more than half of Europeans will sign up for a variant of Omicron in the next two months.
However, lower hospitalization rates can encourage a strategic overhaul, as the government is working to keep schools open and keep the economy functioning as well as possible.
So far, France and Germany continue to tighten regulations, especially unvaccinated. French President Emmanuel Macron says he wants to make the lives of unvaccinated people as difficult as possible and is trying to set up a vaccine pass to access restaurants and travel by train.
The Netherlands maintains one of Europe’s toughest blockades, with restaurants and bars closed. In Italy, Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s government requires vaccines for people over the age of 50. “Most of the problems we have today stem from the fact that some people are not vaccinated,” Draghi said at a press conference in Rome on Monday.
However, vaccination was central to keeping most people with Omicrons away from the hospital, but Shot was not very effective in stopping the spread of the variant. This allows politicians to find ways to contain the spread, especially as their voice groups become more and more opposed to restrictions on restaurants and other activities.
According to Prime Minister Mihor Martin, Ireland maintains a voluntary vaccination system, despite some of Europe’s highest Covid rates. The Belgian government wants to give people “free choice,” said Prime Minister Alexander de Crew.
Many countries are reducing quarantine periods as they seek to maintain the operation of critical services. The latest is the Czech Republic, and as of Tuesday, Covid-positive people should be quarantined for two weeks to five days.
Travel restrictions also show that limit. The United Kingdom was the first country to ban flights from southern Africa where Omicron was first identified. Still, it was the first place in Europe to be hit by the Omicron wave. Similarly, France has outperformed the UK litigation rate, despite the restrictions on slaps for travel from the UK.
The Spanish government has been working on a new surveillance approach in recent weeks, and Health Minister Carolina Darias has raised issues with European responders, Sanchez said.
This initiative began with Spain reporting about 692,000 new cases in the last seven days and 13.4% of hospital beds being used for Covid patients, according to health ministry data. This is compared to 13.8% of the previous year, when the number of weekly cases recorded was slightly above 115,000.
Last year’s experience remains cautious if European countries succeed in deregulating in the coming weeks. Denmark removed all Covid restrictions last fall, while the Netherlands removed all masking requirements. Both countries currently have some of the highest case rates in Europe and are re-imposing restrictions.

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