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Rome (AP) — When Italy won the Eurovision Song Contest in a radical glam rock performance, the victory wasn’t just a psychological boost to one of the most devastated countries in COVID-19. was. With an indoor audience of 3,500, the annual Kitsch Festival confirmed that Europe had returned to a normal state that was unthinkable a few weeks ago.
After Europe led the world last fall and winter, killing hundreds of thousands of people, forced more gradual blockades and overwhelming intensive care units, coronavirus infections, hospitalizations, across the continent, Deaths are declining sharply.
Currently, vaccination rates are accelerating across Europe, with promised summer vacations in Ibiza, Crete, or Corsica. Spain and Italy alone are expected to revitalize the tourism industry, which accounts for 13% of GDP, but has been wiped out by a pandemic.
“We’re not talking about 2020, we’re talking about today,” said Guglielmo Miani, president of Milan’s Monte Napoleone luxury shopping district. And a complimentary breakfast at the iconic cafe. I hope that Asian tourists will continue next year.
According to the World Health Organization and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, Europe has the lowest number of new COVID-19 infections and mortality this week compared to any other region, with approximately 44% of adults receiving at least one vaccination. It is reported that it has been received. And control.
Europe’s 7-day moving average of new infections per 100,000 is higher than any other region from mid-October to early December and is unnecessary for the new year from early February to April. I gave up the top spot to the Americas and regained it. According to the Associated Press’s analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.
Currently, no European country ranks in the top 10 for new infections per 100,000 population. And only Georgia, Lithuania and Sweden are in the top 20.
However, the virus has surged in many parts of Southeast Asia and Latin America, hitting the Maldives and Seychelles in particular this week. Dr. Michael Ryan, WHO’s head of emergency, warned that world affairs remain “vulnerable and volatile” and that Europe is by no means outside the forest.
“Premature mitigation of measures has contributed to the surge seen in the first quarters of 2020 and 2021,” he warned. “We must maintain the course while striving to increase vaccination coverage.”
The biggest concern for Europe was the first highly contagious variant detected in India, which gave in to the country and found a foothold for growth in the United Kingdom. The British government warned Thursday that variants from India account for 50% to 75% of all new infections and could delay plans to lift the remaining social restrictions on June 21. ..
“The only thing we know about the virus is that once the infection begins to spread beyond a few cases, it becomes very difficult to contain,” said Lawrence Young, a virologist at the University of Warwick. “Immediately after a small number of cases are detected, only very strict local lockdowns can prevent the spread of the virus.”
Due to the increase in UK cases associated with variants, Germany and France have begun demanding quarantine from British passengers this week.
Vaccines still appear to be very effective against mutants detected in India, but it is important for people to obtain both doses to ensure complete immunity. Ravindra Gupta, a professor of clinical microbiology at the University of Cambridge, said.
“In populations that are partially immune to previous infections or low levels of antibodies (single-shot), the virus will have a wonderful sweet spot of more infectivity, in addition to the benefits of anti-immunity.” He said.
But that doesn’t stop countries from trying to bring back tourists, even from the UK.
At least 12,000 people from the UK began to descend from the UK in Porto, Portugal on Friday for the Champions League finals between Manchester City and Chelsea. Visitors test negative COVID-19 to enter the stadium for Saturday’s match Must be shown, but no quarantine is required at either end of the trip.
“Fortunately, I got two vaccines,” said Casper Grin, a 51-year-old lawyer from London who came to Porto to support her two young sons and Chelsea. “They are young and healthy, so they feel good.”
On Monday, Spain relaxed immigration requirements for visitors from 10 countries, including the UK-including the need for a negative virus test. UK travelers tend to spend the most, so Spanish beach resorts Very popular in Spain.
Spain lifted measures after a two-week infection rate of less than 130 new cases per 100,000, down from a record high of 900 at the end of January.
Fernando Simon, head of the Spanish Health Emergency Coordination Center, said authorities wanted to “scream that Spain is open to tourism within 20 days, not now, when caution is still needed.” It was.
“I think we should lower the tone of happiness a bit,” he said.
Greece has also been wary, even after recently allowing domestic travel and resuming most economic activity. Approximately one-third of Greece’s population has been vaccinated at least once, but new infections and deaths remain high.
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“Although hospitalizations are declining, deaths and infusions are declining, there are still inpatients who should have been vaccinated but not,” said Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitzotakis. I recommended vaccination.
“And, unfortunately, some people are dying. It’s a tragedy,” he said.
But elsewhere, happiness is real. In Poland, as summer approaches, there is a clear sense of security and hope. In Poland, the number of new cases per day exceeded 35,000 in late March and early April, but has dropped to hundreds. More than 19 million vaccines have been given in 38 million countries.
This week, North Macedonia closed all but one of the COVID-19 treatment centers and field hospitals after a dramatic 90% reduction in confirmed cases. Italy and Cyprus are planning to reopen the restaurant for indoor dining on Tuesday, and the disco is planned shortly thereafter.
The party was already underway last weekend in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and Italian rock band Måneskin, who began singing in Rome’s central shopping district, won the Eurovision Song Contest.
Lead singer Damiano David said, “The whole event was relieved.” “I think this Eurovision has great implications for Europe as a whole. It will be a lighthouse.”
Jordan reported from Berlin and Barry from Milan. Contributed by AP Communications Journalist in Madrid, Helena Alves in Porto, Portugal, Nicky Forster in New York, and reporters across Europe.