World COVID-19 News: SARS-Infections Spiking In Greece and Czech Republic, Public Healthcare Collapses As Hospitals Are Full
COVID-19 infections in the Czech Republic have jumped significantly and are at levels close to record numbers seen during previous waves, health authorities said today.
Greece like the rest of the stupid European countries run by dictators does not allow the unvaccinated to enter restaurants, shops and malls!
The Czech Republic Health Ministry said the daily tally of new cases reached 14,539 on Tuesday, about 4,500 more than a week ago and the highest number since March 12. The record daily high of 17,776 was registered on Jan 7.
Czech Republic's infection rate rose to 558 new cases per 100,000 residents over the past seven days, more than double the figure recorded in neighboring Germany.
Prime Minister Andrej Babis addressed media today saying that "the situation's not good." He added, "We again appeal to everyone to get vaccinated."
To date, only about 6.2 million people in the nation of 10.7 million have been fully vaccinated. That's below an average among the European Union nations.
The drastic rise in new COVID-19 cases has been followed by a rise in patients needing hospitalization.
It was reported that a total of 3,295 patients with COVID-19 were treated in hospitals on Tuesday. That's almost double the figure since the beginning of November.
The country has been one of the hardest hit of the European Union's 27 countries in the pandemic.
Czech Republic has seen almost 1.84 million confirmed coronavirus infections and 31,229 deaths, 368 of them recorded in November.
Health authorities said all medical personnel in hospitals, nursing and pensioner homes will have to get tested on a weekly basis if they're not vaccinated.
All expats and tourist living legally in the country will be offered vaccination free of charge, Health Minister Adam Vojtech told Thailand Medical News
Prime Minister Babis said more measures will be approved by his Cabinet on Friday, but didn't give details. However, he ruled out a strict lockdown.
Greece Public Health Collapses As SARS-CoV-2 Infections Surge.
Greece Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis warned Tuesday that the country was facing a fourth wave of COVID, as daily infections hit their highest since the pandemic began, with hospitals starting to buckle under the pressure of rising infections.
Greece notched up a record 8,613 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours, the National Organization of Public Health said, after cases more than doubled in less than a fortnight.
Health officials reported that forty-six people died of the disease on Tuesday, after 65 a day earlier.
Prime Minister Mitsotakis said Tuesday evening after talks with his visiting Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte,"We are facing a fourth wave," which "mainly concerns the unvaccinated."
Mitsotakis said the governme
nt was "focused on increasing vaccination numbers" and "taking measures without resorting to a lockdown".
It was reported that the north of the country, where inoculation rates are lower than in other regions, has been the worst hit in recent days.
Meanwhile in the second city of Thessaloniki, management at a key hospital fighting COVID said it was overwhelmed with patients.
Dr Nikos Kapravelos, head of the emergency department at the Papanikolaou Hospital, at the weekend warned against a new spike similar to during the second wave in November last year.
Officials on Friday made COVID passes mandatory for open-air restaurants and cafes, as well as indoor public spaces.
Also face masks are still mandatory indoors and at large outdoor gatherings.
Unfortunately, in several regions, the measures are not being respected, especially in some Orthodox churches where images in the media have shown maskless worshippers kissing icons and not observing social distancing.
Sadly, Father Timotheos, spokesman for the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece, on Monday claimed on Mega TV that "sacred icons do not transmit the virus or disease".
Dr Marios Themistokleous, a senior health ministry official on Monday warned cases were on the rise in Greece, even if 61.2 percent of the population had received two vaccination jabs.
Dr Marios said appointments for a first dose of the COVID vaccine had increased sharply in recent days.
Elsewhere in Europe, almost all countries in the European bloc are witnessing unprecedented COVID-19 infection surges. The situation is expected to get worse in coming weeks and the WHO already anticipates at least another half a million COVID-19 deaths will be recorded in Europe within the next 12 weeks. https://www.thailandmedical.news/news/world-health-organization-warns-europe-could-see-more-than-500,000-new-covid-19-deaths-by-february-2022-as-new-variants-wreak-havoc-in-europe
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