Europe finds a way to live with Covid-19 4

Europe finds a way to live with Covid-19 4

Instead of finding ways to eradicate Covid-19, European countries such as Germany, France and Italy have introduced many long-term measures to live with the pandemic.

European governments are planning booster vaccination campaigns, mask-wearing regulations, regular testing and social distancing measures to control Covid-19 before winter arrives.

Germany, a country that has never completely lifted Covid-19 restrictions, said this week that only people who have been vaccinated, recovered from infection or tested negative for nCoV are allowed to go to restaurants and hospitals.

In Berlin, where the school year begins in August, students are required to wear masks on campus and get tested several times a week.

Countries such as France and Italy also require people to present certificates of vaccination, recovery from infection, and negative tests when participating in daily activities such as traveling, eating, and playing.

People lined up outside a vaccination site in Berlin, Germany on August 9.

Vaccines have proven effective in preventing severe illness and death, but the more contagious Delta variant has dashed hopes of a complete victory and a return to normal life as before Covid-19.

Scientists don’t yet know exactly how long it will take for Covid-19 to become seasonal, but the arrival of a vaccine means the deadliest phase of the pandemic is almost certainly over, as are governments.

The number of new infections in Europe is trending down.

Hospitalization rates in Europe are also lower than in the previous outbreak, showing the effectiveness of vaccines.

After a slow start, Europe has made significant progress on vaccinations.

Travel restrictions and quarantine of infected cases are considered common measures in Europe and can last for a long time.

British officials chose a different approach, removing most restrictive measures and placing faith in vaccines and community awareness to control Covid-19.

Data shows that the British public remains very cautious, despite restrictions being eased.

Data compiled by Alphabet Inc shows that the number of people going to restaurants, shopping malls and entertainment areas such as cinemas in the UK in early August fell 3% compared to before the pandemic.

Europe finds a way to live with Covid-19

Eiffel Tower staff check medical status certificates of visitors in Paris, France on July 21.

Italy, which was once the epicenter of the epidemic in Europe, is also heading towards a long battle with Covid-19.

Almost every region of Italy is now in the white level, but Sicily and Sardinia, two popular tourist destinations, are at risk of being upgraded to yellow as the Delta variant spreads.

`People here are aware that the battle with Covid-19 will continue and last,` said Claudio Cancelli, mayor of Nembro, a town of 11,000 people near Italy’s first epidemic epicenter.

Mr. Cancelli said masks are regularly used every time people go out, even when it is not mandatory.

`People don’t let their guard down because they know it’s not over and it will take a long time before we get to that stage,` he said.

Thanh Tam (According to WSJ)

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