In the “shadow” of the new variant Christmas in Europe – New restrictive measures are taken by countries


The Omicron variant, which has been identified in more than 85 countries and regions around the world, has sounded the alarm to experts and governments because of its transmissibility. The WHO, in its information, has also rung the “bell”, as it points out that the experts have not yet evaluated the resistance of the new variant to the vaccines.

At the same time, a number of countries in Europe and around the world are taking new restrictive measures to prevent the further spread of the virus, the increase in cases and deaths, while many countries are concerned about the resilience of health systems to the current wave of the deadly virus.

Where has “Omicron” been located?

According to the map presented by the New York Times, the Omicron variant has been identified in more than 85 countries and regions, as mentioned above.

General lockdown in the Netherlands

The country that has taken the toughest measures for the coronavirus under the fear of the new variant is the Netherlands. The lockdown in the country will last until January 14, as announced by Prime Minister Mark Rutte due to the large spread of the Omicron variant.

At a press conference on Saturday afternoon, the Dutch Prime Minister and the Minister of Health announced that almost everything will remain closed for the Christmas and New Year period, with the exception of shops and basic services. It should be noted that the Netherlands is taking strictly restrictive measures despite the high vaccination rate of up to 85%.

Finally, the festive events in France

In France, Paris canceled the fireworks show, as well as other festive events on the Avenue des Champs-Elysees for New Year’s Eve. The capital of the country is in line with the measures taken by the French government due to “Omicron”.

French Prime Minister Jean-Castex, who made the announcement of the measures, advised French citizens, even if they are vaccinated, to take a diagnostic test for the coronavirus, before meeting with other people to celebrate the New Year.

New measures are coming to Britain

Mayor Sadiq Khan is “trembling” about the situation in London due to the coronavirus and “Omicron”, who announced new measures. In particular, the mayor of London told the BBC today that the imposition of new restrictive measures against the spread of Covid-19 is inevitable, as without new restrictions, Britain will see the National Health System (NHS) collapse.

Kahn declared a “state of emergency” yesterday to help London hospitals deal with the rise in COVID-19 infection caused by the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.

They are also going to Italy for new measures

At the same time, in Italy the newspaper La Repubblica writes that compulsory vaccination can be extended to citizens who are in constant contact with the public.

Also, immediately after Christmas, it is possible to take new, stricter measures to deal with the pandemic, as reported by the Italian media.

On the 23rd of the month, the Italian Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, is going to meet the leaders of the parties that support the government, to jointly assess the whole situation, based on the new data regarding the spread of the Omicron variant.

Russia is considering closing its border

In an interview with the head of the Consumer Health Regulatory Authority, Rospotrebnadzor, Anna Popova, to the journalist Naili Asker-Zante, part of which was broadcast by the Russian First Channel, he left open the possibility that Russia its borders due to the pandemic.

As Anna Popova noted and broadcast by ERT correspondent Achilleas Patsoukas, the operational headquarters for the fight against coronavirus infection operating in Russia may decide to close the border for various reasons and follow the example of 2020. If there is a risk for the health of citizens, then this solution will be inevitable.

The possibility for new measures in Greece is also open

The Minister of Health, Thanos Plevris, spoke on the show MEGA Weekend about dealing with the danger of “Omicron”. Responding to whether new measures are expected in Greece as well, Mr. Plevris said that: “Currently in our country the Delta dominates, we are in recession, cases and hospitalizations are decreasing, and there will be a reduction in deaths.

On the other hand, indeed, Omicron worries us, so we had to take action against travelers because our main goal is to delay the prevalence of Omicron – which will happen in our country as well – so that we can win the vaccinations that are being done now. , and to have more data “.

Regarding whether an emergency plan has been drawn up to deal with the situation, he stressed that “the emergency plan is to delay Omicron, to have more data, and we will take whatever measure we need to take. We have ruled out general lockdown.

Our direction is for the restrictions to apply primarily to the unvaccinated. We try to maintain the direction we have. The basic principle is to have multiple vaccinations. “Omicron is changing the data in the minds of all countries.”


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