Spain has detailed its largest number of day by day cases since the beginning of the pandemic and France has cautioned every day cases there could soar past 100,000 each day.
French Health Minister Olivier Véran said the expansion in positive cases in the country, presently at around 70,000, would be driven by the Omicron variation, which he said was probably going to turn into the major mutation by early January.
Hans Kluge warned that “another storm” was coming and authorities should prepare for critical expansions in cases.
Which Countries Have Added Further Restrictions?
No Increase in UK Restrictions…For Now
The Prime Minister announced that there would not yet be any further increase in restrictions..but ruled nothing out, in the latest UK news on the matter.
However, the words were chosen carefully.
The simple fact is that the Island is not an island. The UK is not immune to decisions made by the rest of Europe. Since the trend in Europe is for further restrictions following the holiday period, can the UK go alone on this?
The simple answer is no….Take, for instance, travel. If a whole raft of requirements are implemented to further tighten travel between European states, the UK can’t simply ignore these. And, in turn, they will be required to standardise those procedures with other states.
Another thing to consider is that if the UK does experience massive increases in infections, as it is currently experiencing, and other nations have a modicum of success in reducing infection rates following resumption of restrictions, then calls in the UK will become loud and strong to imitate those restrictions.
Whatever ties the UK has with the European mainland, Covid is no respecter of borders. As such, the fact that other states are urgently increasing restrictions WILL likely have a knock on effect in the UK.