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Europe has witnessed the surge of the Omicron variant of coronavirus and made the situation worse as the infection rises and increases the pressure on hospital facilities. These infections have forced the government to re-impose the curbs as the health infrastructure in Europe has faced pressure.

However, the United Kingdom has witnessed improved situations and other countries in Europe. Earlier this month, the number of cases of the COVID-19 virus has been falling.

As per the data, the number of COVID-19 cases is surging in countries such as Portugal, Germany, Austria, Sweden and the Czech Republic. Moreover, the count of cases are high in Italy and Spain and the peak has diminished.

COVID-19 in Germany

Firstly, Germany has exceeded the incidence rate of the COVID-19 pandemic to 600 for the first time in seven days as it always recorded new infections 638.8 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants, as per the Robert Kock Institute (RKI) for infectious disease on Thursday, January 20, 2022.

Moreover, Germany also recorded a total of 133,536 new cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours as the Omicron surges in the country.

COVID-19 in Austria

Further, another country is Austria has its Parliament has passed a law to make vaccination mandatory for their adults from February. The people who are 18 or over the age of 18 have to show proof of immunisation against the COVID-19 virus. So, the unvaccinated people have been asked to take vaccine jabs until March 15, 2022.

 United Kingdom

Moreover, Prime Minister Boris Johnson had removed the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic; even mask-wearing in public places and the COVID-19 passports will be diminished. The isolation period of the COVID-19 pandemic would be scrapped in the coming weeks if the virus data continued to improve.

Moreover, the statistics also show that 95 percent of the British population against COVID-19 pandemic is vaccination.

France

The France government will introduce new rules that will be removed most of the COVID-19 restrictions. Prime Minister Jean Castex, during his conference, declared that there would be no need to follow the COVID-19 restrictions from February 2022.

 

 

 

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COVID-19 in Europe: France, Germany, UK, Austria to impose new measures