Monday/ Europe’s spike

Several countries in Europe are in bad shape, in the grip of another spike of infections. Austria has started a 10-day national lockdown, which could be extended to 20.

A national vaccination rate of 60% —or even 70% —is just not cutting it. Too many people still refuse to get vaccinated. As someone noted wryly, many countries may have reached herd immunity: immunity from the truth.

‘Large Parts of Europe in Midst of New Wave of Infections’.
Wow. The map shows the number of positive Covid-19 tests per 100,000 residents, per country. More than 500 new infections per 100,000 residents in one week, is not a number that I recall seeing that any state here in the USA came close to, not even at the peak of the previous wave. (The bar graph below shows patients in intensive care per million residents). 
[Infographic from Dutch publication NRC Handelsblad]

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