Facing New COVID Surge, Europe Examines Mitigation Steps

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Three European countries have broken records of new COVID-19 cases, calling for urgent measures to slow the spread.

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Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary, all of which have vaccine rates below 60%, reached new highs for infection rates on Wednesday.

In the face of rising cases, the European Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, or ECDC, shifted its booster policy and is now recommending shots for adults over 40.

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“Available evidence from Israel and the UK shows a significant increase in protection against infection and serious disease after booster doses in all age groups in the short term,” the ECDC said in a report published on Wednesday.

It said in a statement, “The potential burden of disease in the EU/EEA from the delta variant will be much higher in December and January unless public health measures are implemented in conjunction with continued efforts to increase the vaccine population in the total population.” ” ,

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Officials in Slovakia are weighing the new lockdown, and in the Czech Republic, officials could impose a vaccine mandate on people over the age of 60, as well as health care workers. Hungarian officials have argued against the lockdown but are encouraging people to get vaccinated.

Austria has imposed a strict lockdown and plans to make vaccines mandatory by February 1.

Parts of Germany are also restricting movement in the face of spiking cases.

France, Holland and Italy could all announce new steps to contain the spread later this week.

COVID-19 emerged from China two years ago and has killed 5.4 million people globally.

Some information in this report has come from Reuters and Agence France-Presse.

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