The waxing and waning of the coronavirus pandemic in Europe shows new danger areas emerging

Europe has seen major changes in coronavirus case rates over the last two months. In many areas of Europe covid case rates have dropped sufficiently to allow restrictions to be eased, but there are notable exceptions. The Covid-19 rate in Spain now appears to be as bad, if not worse, than two months ago, and the Netherlands has seen a dramatic increase in numbers recently.

In the case of both Spain and the Netherlands, the rates increased following the decision to unlock their countries too quickly, and in both cases those decisions have had to reversed within weeks.  Greece too appears to be seeing a new wave, and these areas now represent the largest threat to Europe’s strategy to keeping infection rates down.

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Netherlands: the reproduction R rate is now 2.17 – the highest since February 2020

EU: ECHR throws fuel on the #coronavirus vaccination fire – backs mandatory jabs for kids

The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday that democratic governments can make vaccinations obligatory, in a landmark judgement rejecting complaints brought by Czech families penalised for refusing compulsory jabs for their children.

“The… measures could be regarded as being ‘necessary in a democratic society'” the court ruled, saying that the Czech health policy was consistent with the “best interests” of children.

Our opinion: ** Is there an easier or quicker way of antagonising parents in the middle of a global viral pandemic than encouraging mandatory vaccinations? We can’t think of one. Expect severe blowback ** report


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Four #coronavirus-infected pregnant women on a ventilator at Semmelweis University Clinic in Budapest, Hungary

At least 20 coronavirus-infected pregnant women receive oxygen, and at least four are on a ventilator, and two cesarean sections have already been performed at the Semmelweis University Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinic in Budapest to save the life of the fetus and mother, told ATV News Ferenc Falus .

The former national chief medical officer also reported that after the redeployments, coronavirus expectant mothers, who are better attacked by the new mutant viruses than the original Wuhan pathogen, will be cared for at the Üllői út clinic. report


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EMA: If you have these symptoms after vaccination with AstraZeneca #coronavirus serum seek medical help immediately

“Wheezing, chest or stomach pain, swelling or coldness in an arm or leg, severe headache or worsening or blurred vision after vaccination, persistent bleeding, small multiple bruises, reddish or purplish spots or blisters of blood under the skin” – if you have these symptoms after vaccination against Covid with AstraZeneca serum seek medical help immediately and report that you have recently been vaccinated.

Il Giorno report


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EMA: Anaphylaxis and hypersensitivity reactions should be included in the list of possible side effects of the Astrazeneca vaccine

European Medicines Agency (EMA), the corona vaccine from the manufacturer Astra-Zeneca can cause severe allergic reactions. Anaphylaxis and hypersensitivity reactions should be included in the list of possible side effects of the vaccine citing , the EMA said on Friday, several such cases in the UK. report


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Hungary: A 19-year-old man has also been killed by the #coronavirus, with very many victims under the age of 50

A 19-year-old man is the youngest victim of the coronavirus, according to uploaded to the Hungarian government information page recent data . Among his underlying diseases were epilepsy.

According to Gábor Zacher, several young people who are obese are put on a ventilator, mainly with diabetes, and have an 80-90 percent chance of dying. However, according to the toxicologist, obesity is not the only risk factor for covid. He believes that more and more young people and children are seeing complications who are permanently in need of a ventilator, so it may no longer be true that people under the age of 18 have nothing to fear, he told Rádio Patria. report



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AstraZeneca halves #coronavirus vaccine delivery to the EU – export restrictions to blame

The European Commission received the message from AstraZeneca on Thursday afternoon (11 March 2021). According to Sweden’s vaccination coordinator Richard Bergström, it is export restrictions and not production capacity that are behind it.

Astra Zeneca has really made an effort to find volumes to live up to the contract. 75 million doses would come from the United States, the United Kingdom and to some extent from India in the second quarter. Now we have just been told that we will not get rid of these doses, says Richard Bergström to TV4.

The USA and India, where AstraZeneca’s has production, have introduced export bans to ensure that they themselves get enough vaccine. The fact that the vaccine cannot be delivered from the UK has contractual reasons.

Dagens Nyheter report


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Hungary: “Hospitals assess which #coronavirus patient’s life to fight for”

There are already hospitals [in Hungary] where a separate team assesses the life expectancy of coronavirus patients. That is, who are the ones who should receive intensive care by all means because they have a better chance of survival. The president of the Ethics College of the Hungarian Medical Chamber spoke to RTL Híradó about this. According to the specialist, there are places where the intensive care unit is already full, but the biggest question is whether there will be enough doctors and nurses. report – (in Hungarian)


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