Why the alarming rise in Covid cases in Eastern Europe isn’t solely due to low vaccination rates.
‘Rising rates in much of Eastern Europe should serve as a warning to England,’ says the report.
Covid cases are on the rise in Eastern Europe, fueled in part by lower vaccination rates than in Western Europe.
As of Thursday, Croatia and Slovenia both had over 1,700 cases per million people.
Croatia has less than half of its population fully vaccinated, while Slovenia only has 54%.
As a result of the increase in cases, some countries have implemented harsh measures to encourage their citizens to get vaccinated.
Austria, which has the third-highest case rate in Europe (1,674 cases per million people), recently implemented a lockdown for anyone who has not been fully vaccinated.
Nonetheless, the situation in Europe is complicated, as vaccination rates are not the only factor influencing the rise in cases.
As of yesterday, the Netherlands and Austria both had more than 1,000 cases per million people, but both have vaccination rates that are nearly identical to the United Kingdom’s, which has 67 percent of its population fully vaccinated.
At 73 percent, the Netherlands has a 5% higher vaccination rate than the United States.
Austria’s population is vaccinated to the tune of 63 percent.
“What drives infection is indoor mixing, when people mix together in large groups in poorly ventilated spaces,” said Professor Azeem Majeed of Imperial College London’s Department of Primary Care and Public Health.
“The second factor is that most countries lifted their restrictions over the summer, and as winter approaches, infection levels will rise as well.”
The lack of restrictions, combined with waning immunity, has created a perfect storm across Europe.
As winter approaches, the habits that lead to an increase in cases will only become more prevalent, causing this new wave of cases to spread even further.
While vaccination is not the only factor contributing to an increase in Covid-19 cases, it is one of the most important, and rates in the former Soviet Union are significantly lower than in Western Europe.
Even in Germany, the Saxony region, which was once part of the Soviet Union, has a vaccination rate that is around 20% lower than the rest of the country, at 57 percent fully vaccinated.
In contrast, Hamburg has 73%.
UK news summary from Infosurhoy.
Why the alarming rise in Covid cases in Eastern Europe isn’t solely due to low vaccination rates
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Why low vaccination rates aren’t the only thing driving the alarming rise of Covid cases in Eastern Europe