The number of corona infections is rising rapidly in several European countries. The Czech Republic, Belgium, Russia and Germany report the highest figures since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The European Commission is sounding the alarm.
The Czech Republic is the leader
The European Union (EU) already reports more than 100,000 positive tests every day. With that, the member states have passed the United States, where an average of 51,000 people a day are tested positive.
During the summer, many European governments relaxed their corona measures, but new tightening is underway as the number of infections on the continent rises.
The EU warns that Member States must act together to avoid a “cacophony” of national measures. “As the pandemic returns to March levels, our preparation is not growing with it,” said Commission Vice President Margaritis Schinas.
In the relatively small Czech Republic, which has more than ten million inhabitants, the number of positive tests is rising fastest within the EU. The number of registered infections grew by 9,544 to 139,290 on Thursday.
Healthcare is under great pressure. The government wants to call in thousands of medical students to help. The army is also going to build an emergency hospital with 500 beds on an event site in Prague.
With 95 corona cases per 100,000 inhabitants, the Czech Republic reports more than twice as many as the Netherlands. The RIVM reported 7,305 positive tests on Wednesday, converted 42 per 100,000 inhabitants.
Belgium reported more than 5,000 positive tests a day in the past week, local authorities said Thursday. On Friday, it set a new record with 7,481 identified infections, more than during the corona spike in March and April. Our southern neighbors reported the largest daily increases in the number of positive tests per 100,000 inhabitants after the Czech Republic.
Belgian authorities fear that the capacity of 2,000 IC beds will be full by mid-November if the current trend continues. The number of IC withdrawals is currently doubling every twelve days.
Germany also registered a record number of infections (6,638) on Thursday. With about eight positive tests per 100,000 inhabitants, our eastern neighbors still count considerably less than the Netherlands.
Chancellor Angela Merkel and state prime ministers agreed on Wednesday that the catering industry in corona fires should close at 11 p.m. The maximum number of visitors to private parties in these infections is also limited to ten. Germany wants to lower the limit to be able to designate hot spots as risk areas.