Europe could use Christmas in lockdown again as Covid ‘fourth wave’ …

Data showed there were more than 65,000 new situations in one day in Germany, and in Austria there was a new record of 15,145. In the UK there were more than 45,000 situations in one day

Pedestrians walk along a shopping street in Vienna, Austria

complete lockdowns could return across Europe as a ‘fourth wave’ sweeps by a large number of countries, say reports.

situations of new Covid infections have surged in various countries, as the UK recorded more than 45,000 situations in a single day.

Germany and Austria are both also seeing a surge in numbers of coronavirus situations each day.

Most recent data showed there were more than 65,000 new situations in one day in Germany, and in Austria there was a new record of 15,145.

Across Europe last week more than half of the seven-day averages of infections globally were accounted for, and about half of the latest deaths.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday announced curbs on public life for those not in addition vaccinated in areas where hospitals are filling dangerously fast with Covid patients.



Germany has seen a huge surge in situations. File image of Cologne Health department
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Austria has also imposed a lockdown for the unvaccinated.

Earlier, several hundred people protested outside the Austrian Embassy in Paris against Austria’s restrictions, fearing France might be next to reimpose curbs aimed at reducing the circulation of the virus.

President Emmanuel Macron said France did not need to follow those European countries imposing lockdowns on unvaccinated people, because of the success of its health pass in curbing the virus’ spread.

“Those countries locking down the non-vaccinated are those which have not put in place the (health) pass. consequently this step is not necessary in France,” Macron told La Voix du Nord.



France said it would not follow the countries imposing lockdowns. File image along the Seine river bank in Paris
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The Telegraph reports that the European Medicines Agency blamed people not getting jabbed and the delta variant for putting pressure on intensive care units.

Dr Marco Cavaleri, of the agency, said: “We are in the midst of what we call the fourth wave.”

In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel earlier called for a push for more booster shots to popularity to people who are sceptical about vaccinations.

The Robert Koch Institute reported that confirmed situations had increased by 52,826 as the pandemic’s fourth wave tightened its grip on Europe.







“It is not too late to opt for a first vaccine shot,” she told a congress of German city mayors.

“Everyone who gets vaccinated protects himself and others. And if enough people get vaccinated that is the way out of the pandemic.”

She additional that there needs to be a “national effort” to get mass dispensing of vaccine booster shots under way, since the protection offered by vaccines began to decrease six months after the second measure.

It comes as the UK recorded another 46,807 Covid situations, the highest figure for nearly a month.

The pandemic also claimed the lives of 199 people in the last 24 hours, according to official government data.







Boris Johnson said there was a new threat as situations are spiking in European countries including Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.

Describing it as a “blizzard”, he said: “We don’t in addition know the extent to which this new wave will sweep up on our shores but history shows that we cannot provide to be complacent.”

But despite the surge he has not truly triggered England’s ‘Plan B’ – which stops well short of a lockdown.


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