The number of daily cases in the EU exceeds 1 million for the first time

Omicron has established itself in the European Union, where daily cases of the coronavirus surpassed one million on Wednesday for the first time since the start of the pandemic, Bloomberg reported. Even though Omicron’s symptoms are largely relatively mild, governments are still concerned about the pressure on hospitals and broader health services, and have stepped up measures – as well as language – to force people to get vaccinated.
A day after French President Emmanuel Macron slammed people who hadn’t taken the coronavirus hit, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday denounced the “gibberish” and “nonsense” of anti-vaccine campaigners in his attack the toughest to date against those who oppose Covid -19 shots. “I mean the anti-vax activists, the people who put this gibberish on social media – they’re dead wrong,” Johnson told reporters.
“You have never heard me say this before, because I think it is important that we have a voluntary approach in this country and we will keep a voluntary approach,” he said. Johnson said he was “absolutely crazy” that intensive care units in Britain – already among the European countries worst affected by the pandemic, with a virus death toll of nearly 150,000 – were filled with unvaccinated.
The pandemic in France has become a living political issue as the country has suffered record cases of Covid in Europe. France reported 261,481 new infections on Thursday, lower than the record of more than 332,000 on Wednesday, but the seven-day moving average of new cases has greatly exceeded 200,000 for the first time since the start of the epidemic. France’s parliament on Thursday approved Macron’s plans for a vaccine pass to help curb the spread of Omicron after a tumultuous debate stoked by the president’s comments that he wanted to ‘piss off’ the unvaccinated. The legislation will go to the Senate before a final vote in the National Assembly. The French have for several months had to present either proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test to enter places such as cinemas and cafes and use trains. But with the outbreaks of Delta and Omicron infections, the government has decided to drop the testing option in the new bill. The vaccination pass rules will apply to everyone over 16 years old.
European countries are wondering whether to force citizens to be vaccinated through warrants. Italy on Wednesday made vaccination against Covid-19 compulsory for people aged 50 and over, as teachers and public health workers are already obliged to be vaccinated. Earlier today, a record 1.89,000 new infections were confirmed in the country of some 59 million people.
Austria kept the unvaccinated confined to homes last month after lifting a partial lockdown. In February, the country will be the first in Europe to make vaccines compulsory for most people. The German Bundestag is also expected to start debating the introduction of the vaccine mandate soon, and officials have said it could come into effect around March.
Meanwhile, Brazil announced on Wednesday that it would continue with voluntary vaccination of children aged 5 to 11 and abandoned the idea of ​​requiring a medical prescription.
In an effort to protect teens from Omicron, the US CDC on Wednesday extended the eligibility of the Pfizer-BioNTech recall to 12 to 15 years old.