Omicron variant, Holland insurance. British scientists: measures or crisis

Insurance in Oland From today to deactivate the Omicron variant. Britain considers “plan C” With more pressure. In Germany, some states are asking for more stringent measures for foreigners arriving in the country. The wave of coronavirus infections continues to hit the Old Continent and forces governments to flee to hide. A particular stress is embodied in the Netherlands, with the confinement announced by Prime Minister Mark Rutte: from today until January 14, almost all are closed.

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Olanda in the lock

“The Netherlands is closing again,” said Rutte. “It’s inevitable because of the fifth wave hitting us with the Omicron variable.” In the countryside, he will close everything except essential stores. Supermarkets and pharmacies remain open. For almost everything else, the blinds are down. Closure of non-essential businesses, schools, bars, restaurants and other public events. At home, during visits, only two people can be accommodated. The exception is for Christmas and New Years, where there can be 4 guests, and schools will be closed until at least January 9. At the start of 2022, decisions to reopen will be taken from January 10.

Great Britain, Scholars in the Press

More than 90,000 new cases of coronavirus have been reported in Britain, with 23,168 official Omicron cases recorded. Alarm in London, where Mayor Sadiq Khan has declared a case of “serious accident” after the rapid spread of the variant. Khan said he was “deeply concerned” about the understaffing of many essential public services, including health services, police and fire departments, due to the massive increase in the number of victims.

A nightmarish scenario is likely to materialize in the country, according to models developed by scientists. By the end of the month, we could reach 600,000 infections per day, but the worst-case scenario is 2 million. The period of hospitalization every 24 hours can be from 3000 to 10000. The death rate can be 600, but the worst case is 6000. The vaccination campaign is carried out with hundreds of thousands of third doses every day but that is not enough to increase the wall in a very short time.

Scientists who have submitted their assessments to the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) believe government needs reform “Very soon, more stringent measures. The timing of these measures is critical. Delaying until 2022 will significantly reduce the effectiveness of these interventions and reduce the effectiveness to avoid significant stress on the health system. “

Germany, Gulf requests

German Lander health ministers have called for stricter rules for travelers entering Germany. The ministers said in a first decision published by the German news agency (dpa) that the measures will have to be applied to travelers from countries affected by the Omicron formula.

“Making entrances more secure helps prevent this from happening Such a rapid spread of the Omicron. variant“We cannot prevent its spread, we can just slow it down,” Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach told dpa. He added that the longer it takes Omicron to spread to Germany, the better. A negative molecular test and an antigen test would not be enough.