The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has released its latest evaluation of the EU’s Covid situation, expressing “very high concern” in relation to 10 countries as the virus tears through the region.
ECDC released a Thursday overview that revealed the following: “increasing case notification rates and an overall epidemiological situation of high or very high concern are now observed in most of the EU/EEA member states.”
At the close of week ending November 7, 10, countries were classified by the agency to be of “very high concern.”Named were: Bulgaria (Bulgaria), Croatia, Estonia, Greece. Hungary. The Netherlands. Poland. Slovenia.
Another 13 EU member states are also considered to be in an “of” category. “high concern.”
Only four countries – Italy, Malta, Spain and Sweden – were ranked as nations of “low concern.”The ECDC states that “countries with lower vaccination uptake continue to be the most severely affected” by the virus.
The health agency’s update comes as the Netherlands registered over 16,000 coronavirus cases for a second day running. The Dutch Outbreak Management Team recommended that the government impose partial lockdown in the event of an increase in infections. A decision will be taken soon.
Meanwhile, the Austrian government is considering the imposition of the world’s first nationwide lockdown for unvaccinated citizens.
The World Health Organization’s European chief warned at the beginning of November that the region could rack up another half-a-million Covid deaths by February, calling the rate of transmission a matter “of grave concern.”
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