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Europe remained one of the regions in the world mostly affected by Covid-19 cases due to the Delta variant and the relaxing of restrictions.
Till Monday, European countries reported 33 million cases, with Cyprus, Spain, Portugal, The Netherlands and Luxembourg reporting the highest number of infections.
In contrast, Poland, Romania, Hungary and Slovakkia registered less than 10 cases for every 100,000 people during the past two weeks.
The European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, ECDC, reported that the increase in cases occurred among youths, the majority not vaccinated, in the most affected countries.
Cyprus registers an average of 1,000 new daily cases
Cyprus is reporting over 1,000 new daily Covid cases, an amount which forced the Cypriot government to increase restrictions, a decision that led to street protests. From this week, only vaccinated persons may enter supermarkets, markets, restaurants and other establishments.
In France, President Emmanuel Macron announced that from August a person needs to be vaccinated or in possession of a negative Covid test to attend festivals, cinema, cafeterias, restaurants, hospitals, trains or to travel.
The Spanish Health Minister announced that Spain on Monday registered 61,628 new cases – an increase of 63% compared with last week. According to El Pais newspaper, one in every 30 persons aged between 20 and 29 resulted positive to coronavirus during the past fifteen days.
In Portugal, a curfew was re-introduced during the night in various cities following an increase in the Delta variant cases, while the Dutch government also re-introduced many restrictions and urged more workers to work from home after an increase in cases, mostly in persons attending entertainment places. In Luxembourg, the authorities said that the sudden increase of infections, mostly among non vaccinated youths, are related with the 23 June National Day, however they expect less infections in the coming weeks.
The Delta variant, which originated in India, is the cause of 90% of infections in Europe.
All the vaccines approved by the EU – the BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson&Johnson appear to be effective against the Delta variant when a person is vaccinated with two doses.
However, it is only 66.3% of Europeans who received the first dose, while 49.5% are fully vaccinated.