EU Covid panic! Nations reimpose strict measures as cases surge

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Countries such as Greece and Spain have seen daily cases more than double due to a rise in the Delta variant of Covid. Meanwhile, Ursula von der Leyen has said the EU reached its vaccine target.

In the Netherlands, daily cases have risen almost sevenfold as the Delta variant takes hold. 

According to OurWorldInData, the seven-day case average for the Dutch has risen from 49.2 per million people on July 4 to 328.7 on Sunday.

In response Prime Minister Mark Rutte has reimposed restrictions, where cafes and bars are required to shut at midnight, and nightclubs and discos must stay closed. 

He warned Dutch residents: “Be sensible. Keep parties small and manageable; stick to the basic rules.”

Spain has seen cases rise from 157 per million to 316, with some areas seeing restrictions reimposed.

Catalonia has reimposed curbs on nightlife in an effort to tame an increase mainly among unvaccinated young people.

After an “exponential” rise in cases in recent days, officials in the autonomous region in the northeast of Spain said they had no choice but to reimpose restrictions.

Patricia Plaja, a spokeswoman for the regional government told a news conference: “The pandemic has not ended, the new variants are very contagious and we still have significant segments of the population that are not vaccinated.”

French cases have surged by 65 percent, from an average of 34 to 56 per million over the same seven-day period.

Emmanuel Macron told citizens he is striving to achieve a 100 percent vaccination rate across the country.

The French President announced vaccinations will become mandatory for all health workers, with a deadline of September 15.

He also announced a curfew will be reinstated in the French territories of Martinique and Reunion Island. 

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It comes after the European Commission President shared the EU has delivered enough vaccine doses to give jabs to at least 70 percent of adults.

She said in a video statement: “The European Union has kept its word. 

“This weekend we have delivered enough vaccines to member states to be in a position to vaccinate fully at least 70 percent of the EU adults this month.

“But Covid-19 is not yet defeated. We are prepared to deliver more vaccines, including against new variants.”

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