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More European countries removed restrictions: COVID-19 pandemic is over?

More European countries removed restrictions: COVID-19 pandemic is over?



 

More European countries removed restrictions: COVID-19 pandemic is over?

 

 

Removal of epidemic restrictions

 

On February 3, the European Union News Agency reported that since the British Prime Minister announced the lifting of some restrictions related to the COVID-19 virus in England. Finnish Prime Minister Marin also announced that all COVID-19 epidemic restrictions will be lifted in mid-February.

 

According to the editor’s observation, there are not a few countries that “cancel comprehensive epidemic prevention”. The details are as follows.

 

Denmark:

According to AFP Copenhagen, despite still facing a record number of infections, Denmark has lifted all restrictions on the COVID-19 pneumonia epidemic from February 1, local time.

 

According to reports, from the same day, Denmark lifted the requirement to wear masks, hold a “COVID-19 pass” and limit the business hours of bars and restaurants and other epidemic prevention restrictions, and only retained some measures at the border for unvaccinated arrivals from non-Schengen areas.

 

Denmark hopes to deal with the less virulent Omicron variant with a higher rate of Covid-19 vaccination.

 

The new coronavirus will no longer be classified as a “socially critical illness” after January 31.

You do not need to show your vaccine card when entering restaurants and other places, and you do not need to wear a mask when taking the bus.

 

Norway:

According to EUN News Agency, on February 1, local time, the Prime Minister of Norway announced that the government will ease the epidemic prevention restrictions on the COVID-19 virus . Many of the anti-infection measures taken this winter.

 

The Norwegian Prime Minister also said at the press conference that we must coexist with Omikjon, and we can coexist with the COVID-19 virus.

 

It is reported that Norway has lifted restrictions on the number of people gathered in private residences, and the capacity of people is no longer limited.

Cinemas, theatres and other venues have lifted seat distance requirements. Both university and further education students can attend classes offline without social distancing.

Travellers to Norway will no longer require nucleic acid testing upon arrival in Norway.

 

 

Netherlands:

Bars, restaurants and cinemas have reopened. Under the new rules, Dutch restaurants, bars and cultural venues will be able to open until 10pm.

However, customers are still required to show proof of vaccination, recovery or negative nucleic acid test results.

 

“We are dealing with a large number of infections, but we have still decided to take some steps to reopen, and maintaining the current restrictions will damage our health and society,” said the new Dutch health minister, Coopers.

 

France:

From February 3, all sports and cultural venues in France will allow unlimited number of participants while wearing masks, while allowing indoor and outdoor activities.

The requirement to wear masks outdoors but still recommended.

 

From February 16, nightclubs can reopen to the public, concerts will once again be allowed, drinks can be enjoyed in bars, and food and beverages can be consumed on trains, cinemas and stadiums.

 

UK:

According to China Daily, from January 27 local time, the UK officially lifted most of the epidemic prevention restrictions, no longer requires masks indoors, and the government no longer requires people to work from home.

 

The requirement for vaccine passports to enter venues and participate in activities has been changed to voluntary. According to the Daily Mail, England said that most of the patients hospitalized on January 25 were not infected with the COVID-19 virus, but other diseases. The worst of the pandemic is now “definitely” over, experts say .

 

Johnson also pointed out that self-isolation measures for COVID-19 cases may also be lifted by the end of March.

 

EU:

The Council of the European Union recently issued the latest regulations on travel within the EU.

Tourists only need to carry proof of vaccination or proof of recovery or proof of negative test to travel between the 27 EU countries without any need for isolation or additional COVID-19 tests. detection.

 

Tourists are free to enter any EU country if they have completed two doses of the vaccine in the past 270 days.

This also applies to travellers who have recovered from Covid-19 within the past 180 days, as well as travellers who have taken a PCR test 72 hours before arrival or a negative antigen test 24 hours before.

 

The new rules will take effect on February 1, 2022. The EU’s health commissioner says it’s time to end the restrictions that have made travel extraordinarily complicated.

 

United States:

Since February 2, according to several authoritative media sources, President Biden of the United States announced that he would no longer count the number of confirmed cases and deaths of the COVID-19 .

The analysis pointed out that the main reason is that the fatality rate of Omicron is low, and the virus can be treated as influenza. Since it is influenza, there is no need to continue to do meaningless statistical work.

 

 

 



WHO: Unblocking needs to be slow and steady

 

Is this restriction feasible? WHO made urgent recommendations.

 

On February 2,  World Health Organization called on countries that have begun to remove restrictions on epidemic prevention during the COVID-19 epidemic to gradually “unblock” in a steady and slow manner.

 

More European countries removed restrictions: COVID-19 pandemic is over?

 

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a recent press conference: “Since the first detection of Omicron (mutant strain) 10 weeks ago, nearly 90 million confirmed cases have been reported to WHO worldwide, which is more than 2020. There are more reported cases throughout the year. We are now starting to see a very worrying increase in deaths in most parts of the world.”

 

Tedros once again expressed concern that some countries believe that “because of the widespread vaccination of vaccines and the high transmissibility of the Omicron strain but resulting in milder symptoms, it is neither possible nor necessary to prevent the spread of the COVID-19.” “More virus spread means more deaths,” he said. “We’re not calling on any country to go back to so-called lockdowns, we’re calling on all countries to do what they can and not just rely on vaccines to protect people. Anything at this time It is too early for the country to surrender or declare victory in the face of the epidemic.”

 

Maria van Kerckhofer, technical director of WHO’s health emergency program, also said at the press conference that in the past seven days, more than 22 million confirmed cases have been reported to WHO around the world, and the surge in cases was mainly caused by Omi.

Caused by the Chron strain. But what is more worrying now is that the number of deaths around the world has also risen sharply over the past four weeks.

She believes that this situation should not have happened, because the existing epidemic prevention tools and measures can completely prevent this kind of situation.

 

Van Kerckhofer urged countries that are beginning to lift restrictions on Covid-19 to proceed with caution, as many have not yet passed the peak of the transmission of the Omicron strain, “This is not the time to lift all (anti-epidemic) measures at once. “. She suggested that these countries should lift restrictions in a steady, slow and gradual manner while the virus is still very active.

 

At the same time, Michael Ryan, executive director of the WHO Health Emergencies Program, also said that countries should plan their own paths according to their own conditions and at their own pace when removing restrictions on epidemic prevention. They can learn from the experience and practices of other countries, but not blindly.

He reminded that countries that decide to ease their outbreak controls also need to ensure that they have the ability to quickly re-introduce community-acceptable restrictions if needed.

 

 

 

More European countries removed restrictions: COVID-19 pandemic is over?

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