In Europe, Lockdowns, Lax Enforcement, and Increasing Hospitalizations Are All Too Common

Live music at Kavárna Obecní dům in Prague before the start of the pandemic

By Paul Riegler on 8 November 2020
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In the first week of its second lockdown in Britain, many thought it appeared to be a lockdown in name only.

The temporary restrictions – in place through December 2 – call for pubs, restaurants, and non-essential shops to remain closed although schools, universities, and some workplaces were to remain open.    Meanwhile, to the casual bystander, there seemed to be little difference in the number of people in the Tube, on the country’s motorways, or on the streets.

Meanwhile, the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention, which includes Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan in its tally – the total number of coronavirus cases has reached over 11.8 million.

New data for 21 European countries shows that current case numbers have surpassed the worst figures from the spring at the start of the pandemic.  More Europeans are seriously ill from the coronavirus and requiring hospitalization now than ever before, and hospitals are being overwhelmed by the deluge.

“Doctors and nurses could be forced to choose which patients to treat, who would live and who would die,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson told Parliament last week, adding that the virus“is doubling faster than we could ever conceivably add capacity.”  Health officials in France have already said that their hospitals could be overwhelmed with coronavirus patients by mid-November.

Over the past seven days, Luxembourg, Belgium, and the Czech Republic were at the very top of the list in global new cases per capita, and larger countries on the Continent, such as Germany and France, were adding significant numbers to the total as well.

Health officials in France reported 58,406 new cases on Thursday and 60,486 on Friday, while the Robert Koch Institut in Germany said there had been 21,506 new cases on Thursday there and 23,399 on Friday.  Italian officials said there had been 37,802 new cases on Thursday and 39,811 for Friday, all near or at record highs since the start of the pandemic.

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