COVID-19 Daily - November 11: record numbers of new cases in Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic; Booster dose is mandatory in France!
The COVID-19 pandemic surprises us every day. The effervescence around this topic continues to amplify as the new coronavirus continues to make new victims. More and more European countries are facing record numbers of new cases of COVID-19, but the number of those who develop severe forms and even die is small compared to other pandemic waves. But let's see what's new here:
- People under the age of 30 in Germany should only receive the Pfizer vaccine, as recommended by the country's vaccine advisory committee. The committee, known as STIKO, said the Pfizer vaccine has a lower rate of cases of heart inflammation in younger people than the Modern vaccine. He also recommended that pregnant women be given the Pfizer vaccine.
- Germany on Wednesday reported a new record of new daily cases - 39.676 cases in the last 24 hours. However, it should be noted that Germany reports a relatively low number of deaths per day, averaging 200 cases. Romania reports over 400 people dead in 24 hours in 7000 new cases. This is where the vaccination rate makes a difference.
The Czech Republic also reported a record number of daily infections - 14.539 new cases. The government of Prime Minister Andrej Babis has refused to impose a new isolation, despite the growing number of infections.
- Greece joins Germany and the Czech Republic in reporting the highest number of daily infections since the beginning of the pandemic. "We are facing a fourth wave, which mainly affects unvaccinated people"Said Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. The use of digital passports has become mandatory in outdoor cafes and restaurants and in indoor public spaces.
- Hungary also reported the highest number of daily infections at the beginning of April, with 8.434 new cases Wednesday. The number of hospitalizations has also increased recently, as the country seems to be on the verge of experiencing a new wave of cases.
- People over the age of 65 in France will have to take the booster dose to keep their valid vaccine passports and to "live a normal life". according to statements made by President Emmanuel Macron. The digital passport is required to access many places that are part of everyday life in France, including cafes and restaurants. France is one of the countries with the highest level of immunization in Europe, with 69% of its population receiving two doses of vaccine. The new rule for people over 65 will enter into force on December 15.
- Singapore announces it will stop paying medical reimbursements for patients who refuse to get vaccinated. Except for those who are not eligible, those who are not vaccinated will be charged the cost of hospitalization starting December 8. Over 80% of Singaporeans are vaccinated.