Streets full of life, day and night … The pandemic has ended with pictures like this in cities around the world, although in London it seems that there is light at the end of the tunnel. The effectiveness of the vaccines, the rapidity with which the vaccination program is being implemented and the drop in the number of hospitalizations has allowed the Government of Boris Johnson to outline a plan to gradually lift the restrictions:
“We no longer have to simply rely on confinements and limiting our behavior and putting our lives on hold. Every day that passes, this vaccination program is creating a shield that protects the entire population. We are traveling the one-way road to freedom, “explained Boris Johnson.
Johnson evokes four phases of reopening. In the first, schools will reopen on March 8. And he hopes that the last one will conclude at the end of June.
The data handled by the British authorities are encouraging. In Scotland, a single dose of Pfizer or Astrazeneca vaccines has been shown to reduce the risk of hospital admission by 75% in those over 80 years of age.
British optimism contrasts with the unease in Slovakia, which with 5.5 million inhabitants has exceeded 100 daily deaths from coronavirus, being the country with the highest proportion of deaths in relation to its population. Bratislava has asked the EU to advance delivery of vaccines:
“This is a really difficult time for my country. Of course (the advance delivery of vaccines) will not help those already infected, but it would certainly be a stimulus for our population. Bilateral aid to that end would be very welcome,” he explained Ivan Korcok, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia.
In France, the government is studying the possibility of imposing new restrictions on the tourist city of Nice, where a partial lockdown will take place for the next two weekends. In Dunkirk, at the other end of the country, the British variant of the coronavirus is wreaking havoc and is the main responsible for exceeding 900 infections per 100,000 inhabitants.