Over the course of two weeks, new infections fluctuated between 35,000 and 45,000 per day, with an incidence rate of 410 cases per 100,000 population as of October 12, much higher than in the rest of Europe and almost double that in Belgium.[244)[244)
Only Romania, Serbia and the Baltic states are the worst. These infection rates are close to those of last winter’s violent wave, although deaths and hospitalizations are still much lower. They don’t seem to care much about British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whose government lifted most remaining restrictions in July, when many European countries introduced health clearances, and are now looking beyond the pandemic.
This particularly high number, according to scientists, is explained by the large number of tests conducted in the UK (about 900,000 per day) and the fact that British young people, including those over 12 years old, cannot get vaccinated. Since September, he has been taking several exams a week at school. “It is clear that the infection rate among high school children is driving this continuing tide of new infections,” says Professor Simon Clark from the University of Reading. “One third of all positive people in England are in this age group,” adds Kevin McConway of the Open University, a proportion that goes up to “half” if “we include children over two”.
The United Kingdom, one of the countries most affected in Europe by the coronavirus that has killed more than 138,000 people, has adopted a very liberal health strategy, increasing the number of large indoor events without a passport for a vaccine and ending mandatory use in July. . The mask in England. Faced with this chapter, many academics are asking the government to revise its account, especially with the approach of winter, a tense period for hospitals.
“Obviously we are closely watching the latest statistics and have always known that the next few months could be difficult,” a government spokesman said on Monday. However, he was convinced that the current approach “remains the right one”: “The vaccination program will remain our first line of defense.”
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