En Belgium, the Crisis Center confirmed this Monday morning: the figures are stabilizing, which is not a good sign. But in recent days, this epidemiological situation also seems to be emerging in certain European countries.
In France, the milestone of 5,000 Covid-19 contaminations per day, set by French President Emmanuel Macron on December 15 as a condition for lifting the confinement, is proving difficult to achieve, putting the government in the face of a new dilemma in the the end of the year holidays are approaching.
After a peak at more than 50,000, or even 60,000 contaminations on certain days at the end of October in France, the pace had slowed down to reach 10 to 11,000 daily cases at the end of November.
But last week, the decline stalled, capping at around 10,000 cases per day, according to the French public health agency.
Germany is far from the “hoped-for trend reversal” in the pace of new Covid-19 contaminations, Angela Merkel’s government warned on Monday, calling on regions to tighten, if necessary, their restrictions as the holidays approach .
The number of new infections “is not decreasing as sharply as we hoped” and it is even increasing again in places, alarmed the government spokesman Steffen Seibert, stressing that Germany is “far from the overthrow of expected trend ”.
Saturday, 23,318 new infections over the last 24 hours had been identified by the Robert Koch health watch institute. On Monday, when this figure is traditionally lower because of the time required to aggregate all the results of the regional laboratories, they still amounted to 12,332.
Germany has always succeeded so far in avoiding strict containment, opting for a less drastic version. Since November, bars, restaurants, sports facilities and cultural venues have been closed and public and private gatherings have been restricted, while schools and shops have so far been able to remain open.
On Sunday, Italy exceeded the 60,000 death mark linked to Covid-19, according to the official report.
Since the start of the pandemic, the peninsula, the first European country hit hard by the first wave of the virus, has recorded 1,728,878 cases, including 60,078 deaths, according to the results of the Ministry of Health.
Despite all the measures taken by the government to stem contagion and treat the sick, the daily death toll continues to average 700 deaths. On Thursday, a record number of 993 dead was deplored, the highest figure since the start of the epidemic.
With one death per 1,000 inhabitants, Italy has one of the worst results in Europe and the world. Its mortality rate (number of deaths in relation to the number of cases) is 3.47%. Only Great Britain does worse in Europe with 3.55%. Spain and France do better with 2.75% and 2.35% respectively.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte also detailed Thursday a whole battery of restrictive measures that will be implemented for the Christmas period. In particular, he announced the ban on travel between regions from December 21 until January 6, including for Italians wishing to go to their second home. It is also impossible to move from one municipality to another on December 25 and 26 and January 1.
The curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. remains in effect (until 7 a.m. on New Year’s Eve).
Finally, the ski slopes and ski lifts can only reopen from January 7.
The Greek government announced on Monday the extension until January 7 of the main containment measures, including the closure of schools, to stem the spread of the particularly high coronavirus in November.
“The improvement in the epidemiological data and the reduction in the pressure of the virus are slow, slower than we expected,” said government spokesman Stelios Petsas.
“The return to normality must be done gradually and in safety,” he said during a press briefing.