Wednesday March 31, 2021
England vaccinates fastest
Europe is fighting Corona so differently
While the federal and state governments are wrestling with the corona course in view of the increasing number of infections, the neighboring states are also facing challenges in the pandemic. There are differences not only in terms of the measures, but also in terms of vaccination: more than half of British adults have already been vaccinated for the first time, while in small Bulgaria it is only six percent of adults. In Germany, more than 9.4 million people and thus more than eleven percent of the total population have received at least the first dose.
Belgium: Strict contact rules apply to neighbors – you may only meet with one person from a strange household. Outside you can do this with up to four people wearing a mask. There is a night curfew across the country. Shopping goes by appointment, restaurants, pubs and cafes have been closed for months. Strict conditions apply to church services. According to the latest information from the Belgian authorities, almost 1.3 million people – around 14 percent of adults in the small country of around 11.5 million inhabitants – have received at least one first dose of vaccine.
Bulgaria: From April 1st, the catering should be allowed to open outdoor areas. Among other things, cinemas should be able to grant admission when the occupancy rate is low. Hotels are still open, as are churches, where a mask is required, such as in shops or petrol stations. By March 31, a total of over 460,000 vaccine doses had been administered to a population of 6.9 million people – around six percent of adults are at least first vaccinated. In the Orthodox country, Easter is not celebrated until May 2nd.
Denmark: Denmark is on the way to relaxing the existing measures. The pedestrian zone in Copenhagen is already very full; after Easter, citizens are allowed to go to the hairdresser’s for the first time in months. Restaurants, cafes and cinemas are expected to open soon. Outside, a maximum of ten people are currently allowed to meet, inside, according to the recommendation, there should be no more than five. Up to 50 participants are allowed in open-air services. In Denmark, a country of five million people, around 730,000 people have received at least one first vaccination dose so far.
England: Before Easter, the very strict rules were relaxed somewhat in England. For example, up to six people can meet outside. Meetings inside are forbidden until at least mid-May. Even though it is allowed to be present under strict conditions, the offers of many churches take place online. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are making their own corona measures. Across the UK, more than 30 million people have already received a first corona vaccine – that’s more than half of adults.
France: French President Emmanuel Macron is sending the country back into a far-reaching lockdown. The change comes into effect on Saturday and is valid for at least one month. So far, the regulations have only applied in the greater Paris area and some other regions. “We will lose control if we do nothing now,” he said in a televised address. This means that nationwide exit restrictions apply again. The shops have to close. In addition, schools across the country will be closed for three weeks, the president said. Nationwide distance classes will be held for one week, followed by two weeks of spring break. It is the first time in the current school year that the schools are closed due to Corona.
Italy: The Mediterranean country faces an Easter with many bans. Citizens should stay at home if possible. The strict lockdown is currently in effect from April 3rd to 5th. Then people should only leave their home for necessary errands. A night exit ban already applies. Churches are allowed to open under strict conditions. The Vatican celebrates Easter services with only a few believers. Around 6.9 million Italians were at least first immunized by the end of March – around 11 percent of the population of just under 60 million.
Austria: In Vienna, for example, there is a lockdown from Maundy Thursday to April 10th, and in Lower Austria until April 6th. With exceptions such as for the grocery trade, only the collection of goods is possible in shops. Museums and zoos are closing and there are also exit restrictions. Worship services are allowed here subject to strict rules. For six of the federal states there are again no tightenings. In Austria, 1.57 million of the almost 9 million inhabitants have received at least one first vaccination.
Netherlands: Even over Easter, shopping is only allowed with an appointment and visits by only one person per day. Cinemas and restaurants, among other things, are closed. Religious communities are in principle exempt from the ban on assembly – however, limiting the number of people is recommended. The vaccination campaign is running slowly: around 1.7 million people in the 17 million-strong country have received at least one dose.
Poland: One week before Easter, the corona restrictions were tightened again. Furniture stores and hardware stores are closed until April 9, as are hair salons and cosmetic studios. Hotels and cinemas are closed anyway, and the operation of shopping centers is severely restricted. Services are possible under certain conditions: One visitor per 20 square meters is allowed. Almost 4 million of the approximately 38 million inhabitants have received their first corona vaccination.
Sweden: Restaurants and cafes will also have to close at 8.30 p.m. on Easter, meetings with more than eight people are taboo. This is unlikely to change anytime soon: The number of new infections in Sweden is high and continues to rise. In many places in Sweden there are warnings against family celebrations so that Easter does not drive the numbers even higher. In the ten-million-inhabitant country, more than 1.1 million citizens have received at least one vaccination dose so far.
Switzerland: Despite the increasing numbers, the rules in Switzerland are relaxed. For example, the canton of Ticino expects a rush of visitors, which is why a mask is mandatory in some municipalities. Hotels are open, holiday apartments have a high number of bookings. Museums, zoos and shops are open in many places, only restaurants are still waiting for an operating license. Up to ten people are allowed to meet inside, and 15th Easter masses outside, usually with a maximum of 50 people wearing masks and having to keep their distance. By March 28, almost 1.5 million vaccine doses had been administered, and a good half a million people had been fully vaccinated. Switzerland has 8.6 million inhabitants.
Spain: The regions of the country are sealed off from one another until April 9, and you can continue to enter from abroad. A maximum of six people may meet outdoors or four people from their own household in closed rooms. There are nightly curfews with sometimes different times. Each region also has other regulations. A mouth and nose cover must be worn outside of your own home, even if you keep a safe distance from strangers. The rule was initially interpreted by the media in such a way that mouth and nose protection must also be worn when sunbathing. But that is not the case, the central government admitted an imprecise formulation. About 16.5 percent of the over 46 million inhabitants have received at least one dose of a corona vaccine.
Czech Republic: Even at Easter, people are only allowed to leave the residential district – comparable to a rural district – with exception. Visiting relatives is expressly prohibited. The number of worship participants is limited to ten percent of the seating capacity. Singing is prohibited. So far, around 1.6 million single doses of vaccine have been administered in the Czech Republic with its 10.7 million inhabitants. According to the EU health agency ECDC, 4.1 percent of all adults have received both vaccine doses so far, but this status is as of March 21.